This is an analysis of the poem Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward that begins with:

Child, the current of your breath is six days long.
You lie, a small knuckle on my white bed;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abababababa cdcXcdcccdc efefefefefe ebebXbebebe gegehegeheg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,11,11,11,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10100110111 1101101111 1101011111 111111100111 011110011 01011111100 11100101001 010101110111 100111101101 100110101 10111101 01010101101 01110101111 11001100111 111101111100 111101111 1111110101 1111111 110101111001 101110101 01010101101 11111011111 1001011101 1111111100 110111 11010001111 101111111 10111111101 0111111001 111011111101 11101101101001 11101011100 1100011111101 1010101111 1110111 1001110111 01111011 0111111110 01010100101 1110011101 11111111 0100111101 1110101011 111110011 111110101 111111 10110101 1111110001 1101110100 111111011 0111101101 1011110111 1101110100 11111000111 1110111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 462
  • Average number of words per stanza: 92
  • Amount of lines: 55
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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