This is an analysis of the poem Mean Particles that begins with:

Sometimes something like a second
washes the base of this street....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabXXbX XXca bada Xdcb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01101010 1001001 010101010 11001001 100010110 01110011 001010100 1111110 100110100 1111000101 10010 1111001011 001001010110 100011101 00101101011010 110101010 1000101 11010101 111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 163
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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