This is an analysis of the poem Magic Formula that begins with:

What heavens opened and blazed,
What sisters virtuous,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abccbaadd XeXe bX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,4,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 1101011 110100 110101 01110011 1011 110101 1101 110000101 1111 11011111 1111 1001111001 1101 110111111 110101100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 145
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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; what, things are repeated.

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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