This is an analysis of the poem A Locked House that begins with:

As we drove back, crossing the hill,
The house still...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd eeffgghh aaiiccjj kkddllbbXddbbbbcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111001 011 100011111 01110111 101111100 101110 10111111 011111 11011101 1111 000100 011101100 01010001 11110111 10011111 101101 1011111 1111 110100 11110110 0111 01010111 11111111 0101111 11110001 111101 1111 11110111 11110101 110111101 1111111 101101 01111101 0100 101011 11100100 11101101 11110101 11000011 101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 259
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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; we is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of A Locked House;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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