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

Beneath the hedge or near the stream,
A worm is known to stray, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef eded ecec gggg ahah
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 010101 11110101 110111 01101101 010101 11110001 110001 10010101 110101 11010001 010001 01010101 110101 010100111 010111 11011101 111101 010100111 111001 100110101 010011 110010111 111101 11110101 1100101 11010101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 126
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his is repeated.

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

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

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