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

Whenever my mother, who taught
small children forty years,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdabXXX XebXXbac eaXcdX X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,8,6,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011011 110100 10101 0101010 1011101 1110101 010110110 101011 0111110 110011 001111 10101001 0101010 1001110 11010 100101 101111 1011110 111101 1111010 11111 1101110 1101 0100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 171
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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