This is an analysis of the poem After Experience Taught Me ... that begins with:

After experience taught me that all the ordinary
Surroundings of social life are futile and vain;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab ac bd cX dX da ae ae aX bf fa bg gf hihi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100100111101010 010010111011 1100111010 101101111 10110011101 00110110011 101110101 101001001010 11010000111 0111101001 101110001 10110011100 101101010100 11101010100 110000101100 11010110111 110101010100 100010001110 110101011 1101110001 1110100110001 011001101000 1111100111 1111101101 10000101111 101010100001 11101111 101000101 110101001 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 101
  • Average number of words per stanza: 16
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (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; you, to are repeated.

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  • summary of After Experience Taught Me ...;
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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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