This is an analysis of the poem The House By The Side Of The Road that begins with:

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the place of their self-content; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbXcadA DEdebaDA dfXfcaDA dbabXada DEXebaDA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011101 00101110 111111101 00100100 1110111101 111101 1111101001 100101 111001101001 1010111 01110101111 1011111 111100101 110101 111001101001 100101 11011101001 101001101 0111001001 01111001 11110101111 11011001 111001101001 100101 111111001101 11001001 101101101101 11001001 111011010001 11001011 11011101001 1011101 111011101001 1010111 110111111111 110111 1111100101 110101 111011101001 100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 309
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; men, as, of, they 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 i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word man at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase i connects the lines.

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

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