This is an analysis of the poem The Woman Speaks that begins with:

Why have you come? to see me in my shame?
A thing to spit on, to despise and scorn?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaccadaedXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111011011 0101100111 1101111111 1111111111 1101111111 1101111101 1101010101 0111100101 1111010111 1101010101 0101110001 01011110111 1101000100 1101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 603
  • Average number of words per stanza: 125
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, and, not, of, love are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

  • summary of The Woman Speaks;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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