This is an analysis of the poem An Asphodel that begins with:

O dear sweet rosy
unattainable desire ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXbXa cbcbXadXd eXeda
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,9,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110 10100010 1111 0101 10101000 1000100 11010 101010 001100010 1110 1100010 001100 1011010011 00100 11 1001010 101001 1101010 110110001 011100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 150
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

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

  • summary of An Asphodel;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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