This is an analysis of the poem Reptilian Genes that begins with:

It knows it bites.
But unaware it poisons....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXX aaaa babaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101 1101010 0101000 10110001 010101 11000100010 010110 111 1001011 011001 11011 111001101 10
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 108
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 13
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it, and are repeated.

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

  • summary of Reptilian Genes;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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