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

Venus is sleeping with Fire
Because it is winter and cold... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xa Xab Xcb Xaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,3,3,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010010 01001011 010 0101111011 111101 01 111001 10110111 0110110 1101 1101 11001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 74
  • Average number of words per stanza: 15
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (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; and is repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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