This is an analysis of the poem Desolate that begins with:

From the sad eaves the drip-drop of the rain!
The water washing at the latchel door;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcca ddddXda dede ffabbba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,7,4,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0011011001 0101010101 0111010101 01011001001 01001100111 0101011101 110001 0001 1100101100 011100 11 1101010111 0101011101 100111 0100111 0111101 0111101 010101 010001 10101010101 10101010101 10101010101 00010101001 10101011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 196
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it is repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines be, moor are repeated).

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

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

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