This is an analysis of the poem The Twelve that begins with:

There by some wrinkled stones round a leafless tree
With beards askew, their eyes dull and wild...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabacXaXbcccdadaXeee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11110110101 010111111 11010100100 1000100101001 1111010001 1110110100 110110111 010010110 01100010100 101101001 00010110101 001000101101 1001001001 10110101101 1101110001 1101001101 10110011011 101011011 0110110101 0011011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 871
  • Average number of words per stanza: 157
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • 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.

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

  • summary of The Twelve;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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