This is an analysis of the poem Selective Service that begins with:

We rise from the snow where we've
lain on our backs and flown like children, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbdXbaeXcceXaXdeXcXXecXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1100111 111111110 00010011111 111001011001 1110110 110011010 10110101001 11011010111 110001001101 1011111 01011110 1011101010 01111110011 0110011 110100100101 1011101 10010101100 10010101100 0100110001 1111011 11110111 1010111 011010111110 11101101 1110011101 010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1060
  • Average number of words per stanza: 190
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; and, after, of, you are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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