This is an analysis of the poem Red Faces that begins with:

Red flags the reason for pretty flags.
And ribbons.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaabbXaXaXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101101 110 1001 1100100 101100100 110 1111010 010101 01011 11101 01010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 248
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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