This is an analysis of the poem The Egg-Shell that begins with:

The wind took off with the sunset--
The fog came up with the tide,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbbdbd aacabXbX XecebbbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01110011 0111001 1010011111 001011001 10011101011 10110101 11001001011 1011101 01110011 0111101 1010011011 1011101 1001110110011 1010110110 1111101011 1110111 01110010 0111001 1010011011 101011001 10110111011011 101011001 101111111011 100110101000
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 335
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; with, she, said are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Egg-Shell;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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