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

My soul looked down from a vague height with Death,
As unremembering how I rose or why,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaXX bcdc ed ed dX fdf dg gg gbXgcbgc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,4,2,2,2,3,2,2,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111001101 11000011111 1101110101 1101010101 1100111101 01011100110 11110101011 0111010011 010111011001 1011010111 11001110101 0111111101 1101011101 1111011100 1101111100 110011000111 110110101001 11001101110 1101010101 101011101010 11110111110 11110011110 1001011111 11110101010 11101101001 1110010011111 01000111110 1101010101 1011010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 139
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (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; with, and, i are repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of The Show;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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