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

OPEN the door, my daughter, hark!
Someone is knocking in the dark....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccXX ccaa ddee X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10011101 11010001 1101011101 0101011111 10011101 101110101 11010111 1111010110 11101001 11111111 10110111 111001101 010111010 010101010 1101011101 111100111 01011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 120
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

    The author used the same word open at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

  • summary of A Minute;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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