This is an analysis of the poem Leopards At Knole that begins with:

Leopards on the gable-ends,
Leopards on the painted stair,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbbXAb cdddcd aeeeae bXffbf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 1010101 10100111 11100101 1010101 10101 1110001 10101010 11100110 10011010 1110111 101010 1010101 1010111 1011101 1010101 11100101 00101 1010101 1111000 1011111 1010101 1110101 10101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 178
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; there, nothing are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Leopards At Knole;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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