This is an analysis of the poem To Plath, To Sexton that begins with:

So what use was poetry
to a white empty house? ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: XaXbXaXbXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111100 001101 111 01010 1111 1111 111 11110 010101 01010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 205
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 20 (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; your is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of To Plath, To Sexton;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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