This is an analysis of the poem Not To Sleep that begins with:

Not to sleep all the night long, for pure joy,
Counting no sheep and careless of chimes...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AXbcXXXAaXXbXcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 15,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 1011011111 101111001 1000101010 0101010110 10001001010 01010111011 11111011100 1011011111 00100111101 11111111101 111111110010 01000101010 1011111101010 1110101010010 00110110010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 680
  • Average number of words per stanza: 122
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; or, to are repeated.

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

  • summary of Not To Sleep;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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