This is an analysis of the poem Not Ideas About The Thing But The Thing Itself that begins with:

At the earliest ending of winter,
In March, a scrawny cry from outside...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abb XXb XXb XXb caX cXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010010010 010101011 1101001 111110 011111101 001011 0111011 11001001011 011011 0110011000 0110101 011100011 110101 010011010010 011000101 01010101 1101011 011000100
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 97
  • Average number of words per stanza: 18
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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