This is an analysis of the poem The Hour Before Dawn that begins with:

A CURSING rogue with a merry face,
A bundle of rags upon a crutch,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdefefghghdidigjgjajajkgkgicXhlaXgXgXeXlekekemmmmXXliXniXXdaXacacajdjdhjhjXimiXoXojnjXododjljlkhkhdedXpdpdoiXijidijiji
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 124,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010100101 010010101 10011101 11010111 10110111 01101111 111011001 11011101 01010111 11010011 11001101 01110101 01011111 01110011 01010111 11110001 11010101 11010101 110111001 01011110 01110001 110111011 101001111 011101001 11110111 11110101 01100101 11010101 01010101 110110101 10011011 11001101 11010101 11011111 110001100 110101101 100111001 11110111 111101111 11101111 110111111 11111011 11010100 11010111 110111 11 11010101 00010101 11010101 011110001 11010101 1101011110 010111101 110100110 101100101 001100101 110101 11 11010101 11001101 11110111 11011101 11010001 011110010 11110111 11011110 100101100 111110101 11110111 11111111 11110101 100110100 11111111 1111001001 11010101 110111010 11011100 11110111 01011101 10110101 11110101 01000101 01010001 11111111 01110111 100011010 11010101 000101010 11010101 111011001 11011011 01010001 110111101 11011101 11111111 01010001 100011011 1010111101 11110101 11111011 11111101 01110101 11111101 11101011 11010111 1111011 11110011 11100101 11010001 11111111 01010111 110100101 110010001 11111101 11101100 111100101 11010111 11011111 11110111 11111101 11111111 0011111001 11111101 010100001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 4242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 849
  • Amount of lines: 124
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; he, i, year, would, and, stone are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ' is repeated).

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  • summary of The Hour Before Dawn;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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