This is an analysis of the poem My Enemy that begins with:

All mornin' in the mesa's glare
After his crouchin' back I clattered,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXabcD eXeXcD fXfecD gbgbcD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11000101 1001011100 11110101 110101110 01010111 11001100 11010101 111101010 111111101 101101110 01010111 11001100 11011101 111101110 001010111 010101110 11111011 11001100 001010101 010101110 11110101 111111110 111101011 11001100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 197
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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, and are repeated.

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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