This is an analysis of the poem Primer For Blacks that begins with:

Blackness
is a title,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcadef GhgGhXgh iXceejkclilfb adaggggggac ddifdaXh acc khhjcXhkaaaX Xk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,8,13,11,8,3,12,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10 0010 0001010 000101 10101 10111 001110 0101 011010 01001 0101 001010 110010 11101 11111 011 1101010 110100 11 11 1010110 1010111111 01011010 1111 100111 1101 1011110110 11010110 10 101001 10 0100 01100 011100 01110100 0111011100 01011000 10 101 010101001111 00101 001101011111 1011000100 10011 01110010100 011100011 111010011 1101 01011100010 111011110101 101 1101 1101 1011101 11100 1011101 110101100011 101 1101 111 111101 10011000 1
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 203
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; white, of, it, brown, to, you are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words is, blacks, the, which, from, you are repeated.

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines it, ones, blacks are repeated).

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

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  • summary of Primer For Blacks;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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