This is an analysis of the poem Mosaic that begins with:

1. THE SACRIFICE
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Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bXcdaecfcccgc X dfahciafffX h ccageXhjX i cXbchXjdej
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,13,1,11,1,9,1,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101 101 01 101011 00101 1001101 001 01011 01010 10010 011011 01010 01110 11 1111 111 00100101 101010 111 110101 10101 11111010 110001 100101 001011 00100 1010010 111010 11011 110110 10110 110010 010010 001100 00010 001 110010011 100110 111010 11010 001101 0100010010 101 101100 111001 1011 10
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 128
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 50
  • Average number of symbols per line: 20 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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