This is an analysis of the poem Tenth Commandment that begins with:

The woman said yes she would go to Australia with him
Unless he heard wrong and she said Argentina...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXccdcXedfdbXaffbeXefX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 23,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011111001001 011111111010 1111010101010 01011001010001 11110101010110 010001011010100 01010010101011 00101010010101 11111101011 111001010110 1010101010 101101010110101 01101111010 11111011010 001011010011 0110101001000100 01000111000100 110011010010100 1101010001001 0100011001110 1101101000010 101110100100100 1001001011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1141
  • Average number of words per stanza: 205
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 49 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

  • summary of Tenth Commandment;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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