This is an analysis of the poem Difficult Body that begins with:

A story: There was a cow in the road, struck by a semi--
half-moon of carcass and jutting legs, eyes...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xab bcd bef acX eeX dee fXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010110100111010 1101011011 010100111110 101000110101 111011000110 0101101001 10100111001 1110101001001 1100110101 11101011 000111010010 00101001100110111 0010011000101010 101110010 1001011110 10001010101 11010011011 01001110100 1101110101011 10001011001 101110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 141
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her, in, of are repeated.

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

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

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