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

You have put your two hands upon me, and your mouth,
You have said my name as a prayer....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabXc dXccX XefeXf XXbdXafb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,6,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111111011111 11111101 1111101010 111111001 111110111101 1100100100001 11011010110 11101111 11111 101100 001010011 111101011 10101001010 0101111 011111011 011001 111101 111100101100 11110111101110 1011011 110100101 101011 110110111010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 189
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; have, your, i are repeated.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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