This is an analysis of the poem The Task: Book I. -- The Sofa that begins with:

I sing the Sofa. I who lately sang
Truth, Hope, and Charity, and touched with awe... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbcdba efghiibjccdkdbckXlbm blXcmcdbeki cebclckcflcckgfcbbbbcnbckoknkkfceblbbbeflfdkmbbkkc inpllibobplick qfmedhkodiikkcbbdkelcXkfkhknkoklcefenbbbheqqjlaloohefmnfbbinhXeikcdhkeXklcbkkX klkbilbceleohjfekhlfefdbhnrki cnkskcndntflekfcjuC clXkbfetlckXhvdehlb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,20,11,50,14,78,29,19,21,4,14,12,48,24,17,41,46,36,15,28,23,35,86,47,51,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
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  • Amount of stanzas: 26
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1272
  • Average number of words per stanza: 223
  • Amount of lines: 775
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; with, and, of, his, or, i, her, he, she, they, by, our, thy, as, not, in, so are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, and, nor, that, of, good, his, though, war, or, but, our are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word nest at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase few connects the lines.

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

  • summary of The Task: Book I. -- The Sofa;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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