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

I was picking raspberries, my head was in the canes,
And he came behind and kissed me, and I smacked him for his pains.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXXccdcceeffgghhcchhcX dd ihhdjdjiieccehhhiibbii fkhefeXhk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 25,2,22,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1110110111001 111011111111101 1111010110101 1111110111111101 111101 1111101 111101 1010110110101 1111101001111 101011101110111 101111 1010111 1010101 110111 1011101 101010100111001 101010101 11111011011001 1110101 111111 111010 1010110 1010101 10100101010101011 101011100110101 11101110111011 111 0111011101011 1 11011101011111 101001110100101 111011001111111 111101010111 011011111011 110111 0010101 10101111110101 1110101 11010101 11000101110101 111110101011111 0110100011010101 1110100101111101 11110111110111 111101 1011111 10111 1110111 0111111 111001 01011010 111111101101 1111111 0010001001011 001010111010101 1111111111101001 111011111110101 111111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 364
  • Average number of words per stanza: 77
  • Amount of lines: 61
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, i, you, till, be, it, my, to, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, till are repeated.

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

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

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

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