This is an analysis of the poem Witness that begins with:

Against the enormous rocks of a rough coast
The ocean rams itself in pitched assault...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa bccb deed fggf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01001010011 0101010101 1101011011 1101011011 1100011101 00101110101 1101011011 1001100111 1000110001 0100010101 01001011001 001110001 00010011010 100100110001 0111110001 110101110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 168
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; of is repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in it:

  • summary of Witness;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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