This is an analysis of the poem Ghosts that begins with:

YES--kiss my forehead where the pain
Is grinding outwards from my brain! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaaccddd eeffgghhaaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11110101 01010011 10110111 011111011 11110011 10111100 11011111 11111111 11111101 01110101 10011100 11010101 10110001 11111101 11110111 11110111 11110111 11111111 11010101 01111101 010011111 11111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 413
  • Average number of words per stanza: 79
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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