This is an analysis of the poem Vehicles that begins with:

This is a place on the way after the distances
can no longer be kept straight here in this dark corner...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXbaacbXdaXaXXbacdXbaXdee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0001101100100 1110011100110 001010110101 1001001001010 11111101000010 101111110011 0011101110011 011111101101 011100111110 0010011111111 011010111010 111101101001 111100100011 011001011010 011011100101 01111111111011 0111101110101 11011010111 1010010110110 111100010011 010111010111 100001011101 1000101001101 1101110111011 010010011011011 1110100111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1416
  • Average number of words per stanza: 254
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, as are repeated.

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

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