This is an analysis of the poem The Cheval-Glass that begins with:

Why do you harbour that great cheval-glass
Filling up your narrow room?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcb dbbcb ceeXe XfXaf Xddcd XggXg ahXih Xgiiai
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111011101 1011101 110111 11001111110 1001001 111101010 100101 100111 1101101010 0100101 1011010110 1001011 101111 100001100 110111 111000110 110101 101100 1011101110 1001001 11010111010 101001 11111 101001010 1001111 1101001110 111101 110101 101101111 100111 111101110 1101011 100110 10001110011 100101 1101101010 110101 1100101 101110110010 111000
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 162
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 43
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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; of is repeated.

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

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

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