This is an analysis of the poem The Wise that begins with:

Dead men are wisest, for they know
How far the roots of flowers go,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaa bbb Xcc dXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110111 11010101 11011101 11011111 11011101 11110111 1101110 11111111 01110111 11111100 11111100 10110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 105
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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, their are repeated.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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