This is an analysis of the poem On The Mystery Of The Incarnation that begins with:

It's when we face for a moment
the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXaXXXbXXXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01111010 01111111001 01011111 101111001 1001010010 011001 10010101 011100111 100101110 1000110 11110 01
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 375
  • Average number of words per stanza: 75
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

  • summary of On The Mystery Of The Incarnation;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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