This is an analysis of the poem At The Cenotaph that begins with:

I saw the Prince of Darkness, with his Staff,
Standing bare-headed by the Cenotaph:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbXcXcdXdXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1101010001 1011010100 1000010101 11110101001 100111100100 11010001001 11011101000 100111001001 1101010101 0101010101 1111010101 11110101010 0101000100 1111011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 597
  • Average number of words per stanza: 102
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of At The Cenotaph;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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