This is an analysis of the poem Broken Glass that begins with:

The house still stands: but Hitler has had five shots.
The glass, the maddening glass, is everywhere....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaXXbXbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01111101111 01010010101 111100110111 11110110100 11011100100 0010101001001 11110110101 111010101111 1011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 392
  • Average number of words per stanza: 74
  • Amount of lines: 9
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; glass, still, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, we are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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