This is an analysis of the poem How We Heard The Name that begins with:

The river brought down
dead horses, dead men ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabXcXXaXdbdXceXaefdacXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 24,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011 11011 1101001 010001 1010111 101101 111001 010101 010101 11111 11111 11101 11011 00111 11101 100100 1101 1100101 0100001 110001 011101 110101 10111 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 561
  • Average number of words per stanza: 108
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • 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 How We Heard The Name;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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