This is an analysis of the poem A Green Crab's Shell that begins with:

Not, exactly, green:
closer to bronze...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aba cde fdd gfc gcX gbh hXX Xba gii jgX baj cgbXbej
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101 1001 01011 1001 0010101 1000110 100110 110010 101 1100 011 10010 1001 01001 10100 10010 11001 10010 10010 100100 10001 010101 101 011110 0101001 1011010 01010 0101 0101 010100 1100 010101 11101 011010 000 001010 001 1000 0111
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 58
  • Average number of words per stanza: 9
  • Amount of lines: 39
  • Average number of symbols per line: 19 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 3
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of A Green Crab's Shell;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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