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

A cook adorned with paper cap,
Or waiter with a tray,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01010101 110001 10010101 001 111111010 110101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 163
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 6
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 Culinary Candidate;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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