This is an analysis of the poem A Minor Poet that begins with:

I am a shell. From me you shall not hear
The splendid tramplings of insistent drums, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaXXa bccbdd
  • 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: 1101011111 0101000101 0101001111 10010010011 1011110101 01110101000 01001110001 0110011101 1001011101 10101010100 1111011101 1110011101 1001011111 01001001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 308
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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.

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