This is an analysis of the poem Stop All The Clocks, Cut Off The Telephone that begins with:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd eeffXaacc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101110101 010101000101 10001010101 1101010101 110001010101 100101010101 111101100101 101001011101 1111111111 110111111 111111111 111111110111 0111101111001 1101101001 10101011101 110111010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my is repeated.

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

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  • summary of Stop All The Clocks, Cut Off The Telephone;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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