This is an analysis of the poem Archaic Fragment that begins with:

I was trying to love matter.
I taped a sign over the mirror: ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aab ca bX XX XX cX XXca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,2,2,2,2,2,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100110 110110010 110110111 010100111 0111111000010010 110 1111 110110011 111101110 10101 111101 1 101111 101 11 01010
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 57
  • Average number of words per stanza: 10
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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