This is an analysis of the poem The House Of Sleep that begins with:

When we have laid aside our last endeavour,
And said farewell to one or two that weep,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd cece ffXf ghgh afaf icicXabab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11110111010 1111011111 11000101110 0101000101 01110101010 0101010101 01010101010 0101010111 111111010010 0101111111 11110111010 1001000101 11010101010 0101010101 00110101100 0111011101 111100100010 1101010101 01110110010 0101000101 110111000010 0100011011 11010001010 1101010001 11111111010 0101111111 01010111010 11010001001 111101001110 0111000101 11011111110 0111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 176
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • 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; of, that, we are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, with, beyond, the, shall are repeated.

    The author used the same word shall at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of The House Of Sleep;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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