This is an analysis of the poem New England Winter that begins with:

Testing the soul's mettle,
the frost heaves...

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: abbccbbcccbdadaXaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100110 011 1001 001 0110 101010 0111 1101 11 010101 11101010 0010100 1110 100101 0111010001 010 1010 01001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 385
  • Average number of words per stanza: 70
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 20 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of New England Winter;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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