This is an analysis of the poem Still Life that begins with:

COOL your heels on the rail of an observation car.
Let the engineer open her up for ninety miles an hour....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXabbX cXXccaXbbbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111010110101 10101100111010110 10010111101111110111001 01101110101010011010111 0111011111011011110111 010000100110101010110100001000011110111101100 1011 0110100101110 10001010101 0011010101 10110101110 00111010010 101000110 01010011011 1111010100111 101011101111 10101010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 509
  • Average number of words per stanza: 97
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 59 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, in are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines eye, me are repeated).

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

  • summary of Still Life;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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