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

When they torture your mother
plant a tree...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aBaBaaBcddBXeXBadcea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110110 101 1110110 101 1110110 1110 101 110101 110 110 101 11101 11 01 101 1101010 01 111010 111 1010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 347
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 16 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 3
  • 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 Torture;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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