This is an analysis of the poem The Kind Ghosts that begins with:

She sleeps on soft, last breaths; but no ghost looms
Out of the stillness of her palace wall,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aba Xba bab bXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111111111 1001000101 0101111111 1101010111 11001010101 1111010111 0111111101 1011100101 1101010111 1110010011 1101001100 1110011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 137
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, on, her, their are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Kind Ghosts;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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