This is an analysis of the poem Identity Card that begins with:

Write down !
I am an Arab ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABcAde ABeAcffgde ABHecfiggjjfdaacXafH ABgcaffic kXXXeckkdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,10,20,9,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11 11110 11010011001010 11110 1010110010 01010 11 11110 01010101010 11110 1101 1011 001 111100100111 1110101110110110 101010 11 11110 110101010 100010 110101 11 001010101 10101000010 010110101 101011 1100100100001 1001001 111000010 1011111 10101001 01101101 111010101 101011 111010110 110101010 11 11110 111001001110 101111010 010110 1111011 01111 100110 10101 11 111010011 11111 11101 1010110 010010011 01 01 0110 1110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1483
  • Average number of words per stanza: 279
  • Amount of lines: 59
  • 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:

    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 author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, before, and are repeated.

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase beware connects the lines.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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