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

The unpretentious flowers of the woods,
That rise in bright and banded brotherhoods,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbccXXdd eeffaabXXbbaaee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0101010001 1101110100 1011010101 1011110111 1011110101 1001010101 0111110100 1110001001 1001010101 11001110101 01010011111 1011010101 1111010111 01001100111 11001011011 1101010001 10010100001 01010010100 11110101001 10010000100 11010100011 0011000101 110100011010 010110000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 331
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, that, of are repeated.

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by Madison Julius Cawein