This is an analysis of the poem As It Begins With A Brush Stroke On A Snare Drum that begins with:

The plaza was so still in that moment two years ago that
everything was clear,...

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdee af gedhfd fcXaai ea jbccaa effcke lgeclX bmafj ekXXef XinXek acafmh opkhia eagani kdbemX bea aiajjqXni nmlcij aqaeea aidcee bdlhje aeegbc qdeeem eiXdeg dbngga fgXjpj dmij r ienqji akffaa neanboXr
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,2,6,6,2,6,6,6,5,6,6,6,6,6,6,3,9,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,4,1,6,6,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010111011010011 10111 10010010101010 10101 10110100101001011 010 1111110101101 11100 111110111010101 11 101011111101001 010011 00101001110101001 0010 111100101010111 01 01111010101010101 01001 100010001110011 100010101 1111000110010001 10101 01110010110010010 001 10010010100010110 101 011001010110101 111 10101111010101 1011 1001110101001011 10011 11011101101110 10101 101010101000110101 01001 100101001011101 10110 1111001110101001 01110100 1010111100011011 10110 0010010111010010111 1111101 101100 10010010110010 1100 1010110100110 110 0111111010111 110 110011110011 01001 11010110101010 11010 10111000100011 110 110101001111111 0111 01000111011110111 11 101010010010110 101 1100101001010110 01010 011101111000 11001 0010101111001 011010 101110101101010 001010 01001011110011 11010010 10111100001111100 10010 00111110101110010 1101 011001100100111 101 010010011111010 1100100 11010110111001 11110 000101001100 01010101 1010101 0011101111 11111001010 101010 1110101001101 0101 1100101010100 10000100 110010101100100 11001010 01110010101001 10001 1111101011111 111 1101111001011 101 01101011011101 1101 110010101101101 1011 111001110001 1001 0101011001110 101010 1001001101110 1011 0101110101011 110 1110101011111 11 0111011101010 0110 100100111101111 0010 11011111010010 1011 110111001101 101 0111101010100101 1010 0101011001001 1010 01001100011001 010 11001101001010100 0101 100110001100101 10010 11010111001111 010 01111101011010 010101 001010010100110100 11001 111001010010101 11 10101001100101 10011 01110011001001 0010 110010010001001001 01010 0101010111011011 00110010 110100101101010 0110 0101101 0100100111101001 0110 01100111101000 101010 01010011101110 101 0101111001110 10010 101001011010011 1011010 0100010101101111 0010000101 101001101010101000 10110011 110101010001101 010 100010010011111 11111 1001
  • Amount of stanzas: 32
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 207
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 173
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; i, of, then, but, he, it, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words of, a are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines painting is repeated).

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

  • summary of As It Begins With A Brush Stroke On A Snare Drum;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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