This is an analysis of the poem A Summer's Night that begins with:

THE night is dewy as a maiden's mouth,
The skies are bright as are a maiden's eyes,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbacddc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101010101 0111110101 1101010111 1000110001 1100011001 1101001111 0101110111 0101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 354
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; as, maiden's are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of A Summer's Night;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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