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

They say that poison-sprinkled flowers
Are sweeter in perfume... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa bcdc XbcX dece
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 111101010 110001 11011101 110101 11110101 1100101 01010101 0010001 11100101 111100 110101001 010100 11010101 110011 110101010 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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