This is an analysis of the poem Rape Poem that begins with:

There is no difference between being raped
And being pushed down a flight of cement steps...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbcAdaAdaXAcebXfXXgdecXXdaebgfhfcifiXaXdeaXfh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 45,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10110001101 11011010011 0110110101 10110001101 110110101 0111001101010 10110001101 1101101010101 01110101111 11101101 10110001101 110111011 0111001101101 110101 010011010 1101100101011 110101000010001 1010010 101001110 1001101011 1001011011111 1001010101 0110100001 1110110011 1001001001 0111011001 0100110010 0110010101 100110110 0100101 0110001 01001001 01101010 10101010010110 11101111011 101010110 111111011001 101001111 11110011001 01010100101 100010110 001110011 01110010111 10010110010100101 0110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1823
  • Average number of words per stanza: 348
  • Amount of lines: 45
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; being, of, as, your, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words never, the, to are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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