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

I
I had forgotten how the frogs must sound...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcXb X cXXaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,1,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1 1101010111 1001010111 1111110101 1101010001 1 1111110101 0111010001 1101010101 1101010101 0110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 84
  • Average number of words per stanza: 17
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • 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; i is repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase i connects the lines.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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