This is an analysis of the poem Song Of Myself, XXVI that begins with:

Now I will do nothing but listen,
To accrue what I hear into this song, to let sounds contribute toward it.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab cdebcfdcfdcXa bcb Xg gX dcXchhce
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,13,3,2,2,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110110110 0011110001011010010 111000110010110011011011 1101110100101 1111100100111100 100101110010100111 10011011100110110111 0101001010011001 0101100101010100110 010000100010011010001001010 0100110101001011 110111001000101101 0110010100100101 0111101000101010111 110111011110110 11010001011101 11010101100111 01111111011 11010000110 1001010011 0101111001011 010100101011011 1101010110000 0100111011001 0101100110111010 01111011111101001 11111011011111 10110010110100101 11110101010010 111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 323
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 64 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, i, hear, sounds, it, me are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, the, it are repeated.

    The author used the same word i 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 me is repeated).

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  • summary of Song Of Myself, XXVI;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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