This is an analysis of the poem Poem For Maya that begins with:

Dipping our bread in oil tins
we talked of morning peeling...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdXXacebaXaedeXXcba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 21,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011011 1101010 10110010 0101011 110111110 010100001 11111 001111 11011010 1111010 01111 0110110 01011 01000101 10101011 11001001 10111101 111000101 1101110100 100011010 01011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 650
  • Average number of words per stanza: 121
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; we is repeated.

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

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  • history of its creation;
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