This is an analysis of the poem Jezebel that begins with:

Ere her career was interrupt,
Fair Jezebel, that soulless thing ! ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab a b ac Xc d ed e f ffX fg fg fh fh X i di d j i j i g dg d X kX k a ha h hf hf l flXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,1,1,2,2,1,2,1,1,3,2,2,2,2,1,1,2,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,2,2,1,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10011101 11001101 11010101 100110011 01001111 01010111 1101001010 0101011 11010101 11000101 010010101 11010001 11010001 11010111 11010111 1010101011 01010101 11010101 11010101 11010001 110101101 11011101 11011101 01010101 0110011 110100101 11010111 01010101 10010001 11001011 11111111 01010111 11011101 01010101 01000101 010010101 10011111 11010111 01010111 11010101 11001101 01010101 11010101 11010111 010100001 11111101 110010110 111110001 11110101 111110111 11011101 111100111 111001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 36
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 52
  • Average number of words per stanza: 10
  • Amount of lines: 54
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, she, her, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, she are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Jezebel;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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