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

THERE is a wolf in me ... fangs pointed for tearing gashes ... a red tongue for raw meat ... and the hot lapping of blood-I keep this wolf because...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b a b a bXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100101110110100111111011001110101010010011010001101 100101010111111111100111110011111011011010110111101 10010101101000100110110001001101010011101001001010001101 100101111101101110010101110001000111010101101100101100100 100010110011110010101010011110111001110111110111101101001111001111101100101010011 101100110101101010101010011110100101011110101100010100010101100010101100001101001111101101110101010100100 11101110010001111011011011111111010001110101100010110110010111001001111110100011111111111111010011100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 293
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 7
  • Average number of symbols per line: 293 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 56
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, i, in, me, before, wilderness, of, there, for, it are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word there is repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word wilderness at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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