This is an analysis of the poem A Rabbit As King Of The Ghosts that begins with:

The difficulty to think at the end of day,
When the shapeless shadow covers the sun ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abX aXX Xcb cdX XbX ddX ccX bee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010000110101 1010111001 11001011111 1101100111 11111111 11001101 000010010001 01110001 01010001 10110100101 011010111 1101001 1101001001001 1110111101 1100101 110100101111 010010001011 01110110 1010111011001 0111010011 11111111 11110110111 11011101001 101011001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 128
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, you, humped are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word you at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines you is repeated).

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