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

Stumps, and harsh rocks, and prostrate trunks all charred,
And gnarled roots naked to the sun and rain,--... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba cacbab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111110111 1111000111 1101110001 1011010101 110101010111 1101010111 0101110101 0111010111 1111010101 11010110101 11001010101 1101010111 0101010101 0101001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 334
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (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; and is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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