This is an analysis of the poem A Maiden To Her Mirror that begins with:

He said he loved me! Then he called my hair
Silk threads wherewith sly Cupid strings his bow, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: abbaX abbabccb deed
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,8,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111111111 11100110101 1101110111 1111111101 0101010 111 0111010111 1011010101 1000111101 1101011101 0101110101 0111101101 1011010111 1011110111 1111110101 1101010011 0101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 238
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, he are 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 A Maiden To Her Mirror;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Advertisement