This is an analysis of the poem Softly Touch Me that begins with:

Softly touch me
With your hands now warm but once so cold....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABABCADAE EEFF ABABCADAE EEFFXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,4,9,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011 011111111 1011 1101 11001010011 1011 11111110101 1011 0101111011 11110111 1110101 11011001111 1111011111111 1011 011111111 1011 1101 11001010011 1011 11111110101 1011 0101111011 11110111 1110101 11011001111 1111011111111 10 10 110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 222
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; me, touch are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Softly Touch Me;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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