This is an analysis of the poem White Water that begins with:

for Line McKie
The light, tarred skin...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abcXd baedXc cbXXe cebX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,5,6,5,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101 0111 00101 101010 11010 0111 010101 01001001 01110 1110100 010101 001011 10111 100101 1010011 10010 10010 1001 110 110010 01011
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 94
  • Average number of words per stanza: 17
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • 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 White Water;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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