This is an analysis of the poem Tender Confessions that begins with:

When I think of how life used to be,
how I always hid in the shadows, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcacdbXXaXaXXaaXdee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011100 111110011 100011010 11110111101 1111111 1101011 111110001 11011111 1110110101 111011101 11110101 110111101 101110011 11110101 100111 1101011 111101001 1010111011 0010011 111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 656
  • Average number of words per stanza: 137
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, my are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, for are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines love is repeated).

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

  • summary of Tender Confessions;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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