This is an analysis of the poem Slowly: a plainsong from an older woman to a younger woman that begins with:

am I not olden olden olden
it is unwanted....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab caa aa bcda deec fa Da a cgg eecc ccaa c Da a cfdd Xf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,3,2,4,4,2,2,1,3,4,4,1,2,1,4,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101010 00010 1010 11110 1010 111101010 111101110 1111 1010 11110 1010 11110 1010 11110 1010 11110 1010 000110 010100110 00010 1010 11110 1010 11110 1010 11110 1010 11110 1010 11110 1010 100111110 000110 111100110 00010 1010 11110 10 10 111101111 01110
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 51
  • Average number of words per stanza: 9
  • Amount of lines: 41
  • Average number of symbols per line: 19 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; olden, i, not are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words am, it at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase over connects the lines.

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

  • summary of Slowly: a plainsong from an older woman to a younger woman;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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