This is an analysis of the poem Stagnant Water that begins with:

Here lies a ditch of hopeless stagnant water,
Fresh breezes can't breathe half a ripple from its skin....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbXb bcdX acdc adbd AeeeXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101010 110111010001 10111101101 1101100100 01010011001 101011101001 11111010101 11111101001 1101100100110 1001010011 110111010011 111010100101 11010100110 1111010101 0011010101010 1101010101 11010101010 01011110011 101101001010 1111010001 1001110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 160
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; pearls is repeated.

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  • summary of Stagnant Water;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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