This is an analysis of the poem At The Movie: Virginia, 1956 that begins with:

This is how it was:
they had their own churches, their own schools, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXaabcdabefaagbahX ihjdjkfeXgiikkXfabalbahdagefXhkeXfl lcaadkX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,35,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 00101 111110111 100111111000 1011010101010 11111010 111010010 0101110010 01011101 01010101010 1101101101 0111010101 111100111010 11010110101 1000101010101 1011100100 110010011 0110110011 1011110111 010110101 1111010101 0101001 10111101 1111000100 1111001 11010100010 11010111110 100101110101 101010010100 11100100101010 101110110011 0101010111 0101010111 1001010110 011011101 11101110100 1100111110100101 00101000111 110101011001 01000010001 111111 111010100110 0111001010 0101010110010 011101001001 111010111101 11010101 11111100100 110101001001 1010110101 1011111011 1011111 001011111 011110010 101111 1001110101 1101010100 010011101 1101010111 0011010101 110110011 1101011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 882
  • Average number of words per stanza: 152
  • Amount of lines: 61
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; their, in, to, and are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of At The Movie: Virginia, 1956;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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