This is an analysis of the poem An Emblem that begins with:

I waited for a single flower to blow,
While all about me flowers were running wild: ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbacddc effegeXg caachhhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11010101001 11011100101 1101010011 1101110101 11010011100 1001010101 1111001111 010100 1111010101 1111010101 1001010101 1101011101 1011011101 1101011101 101110110 1100011 1111110010 11010111101 10010011111 1101110011 1101011101 1101110101 1111010111 010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 350
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, o are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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