This is an analysis of the poem Roses Can Wound that begins with:

Roses can wound,
But not from having thorns they do most harm;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbccdadaee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1011 1101011111 10011101110 100101 10101011111 11111 0101 0101110101 1111100111 100101 01110010100 010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 400
  • Average number of words per stanza: 75
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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