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

The beams of April, ere it goes,
A worm, scarce visible, disclose;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaaccddddaaeeddffddaaaaabbgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 31,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 01110001 11011001 01000101 01010101 01001111 011010101 11111111 10010101 11110111 11010101 11001101 110010101 11111111 11001101 10011101 01100111 010000101 11011001 11110001 11011111 11010101 11111111 10100101 01010001 01011101 01100111 10010101 11010101 11011110 01001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1061
  • Average number of words per stanza: 192
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

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

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