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

My life is almost over; that's a fact
Statistically derived but simply true;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbA XbA abA XbA abAXabAa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101110101 01000011101 1100010101 1101111111 0101111101 1101110101 0101010101 1111010101 1100010101 1101111010 0101000111 1101110101 1110010001 1111001011 1100010101 1101010001 1101110011 1100010101 1101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 130
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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