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

my mother pushed my sister out of the apartment door with an empty
suitcase because she kept threatening to run away my sister was sick of me...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXXb XbcacbcccbXabb bbccXcaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,14,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 110111010001010110 11011110001011101101 100101010110011010 010110101111011110 101110110100 11000101001110101010111 0001110101111010110 110101001001000111011 011010101111001111 11101001011111101 1011110101101101111 1111110110110010101 101110100110011010 011011010100111111101 01011110010101111 100111010101110111 01001001011111101011 100101011110101011 0101110111101 111011101010101111 11000101111010111 101001110101111010101 00101111011101111011 1111101011100101110 1011101101101111111 100101010001111001111 100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 648
  • Average number of words per stanza: 128
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 71 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 14
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, my, with, to, and are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines that is repeated).

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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