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

ABOVE the world a glare
Of sunset — guns and spears;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbacccccddceeeefggfcacahiihbbbbhaahcccX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 40,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010101 011111 110111 0111 110111 110101 110101 1001110101 010101 010100 011100 1001 1001001 0101 010101 01001010101 110101 111100 0111001 010101 011101 111101 011001 0101110101 111101 100101 110101 101001 011101 010111 010001 1101000111 011111 111101 110011 0111 010101 010101 101101 1111110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1113
  • Average number of words per stanza: 214
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (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; of is repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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