This is an analysis of the poem Homage To My Hips that begins with:

these hips are big hips.
they need space to ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXXaaXcbbaaXcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 15,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 11111 1110 1010 1110010 101011 111 1110011 11110001 1111101 1111101 111101 111101 1110 01011011 11101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 381
  • Average number of words per stanza: 78
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • 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; hips, they are repeated.

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

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

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