This is an analysis of the poem The Burnt-Out Spa that begins with:

An old beast ended in this place:
A monster of wood and rusty teeth....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a Xabb cdef gffa chdi ahXj gXii XceX jcaaXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11110001 010011101 10100101 011100101 11011011 0101100101 1101001111 1101011010 01001001101 11010100 1110101 01000101 11101110 111110101 100001 10100101 01111111 01111101 110100001 01110100 001011101 011010111 10000111 101010101 11010010 100100010 11010101 1001010010 00110011 1100110111 11110101 10100111 011101 1010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 115
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; his is repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of The Burnt-Out Spa;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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