This is an analysis of the poem The Bruise Of This that begins with:

The night I woke to find the sheets wet from you,
like a man cast up on the beach,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXb cdX dce bXX XXa cXX bXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01110101101 10111101 1101100100111 110101110011 1110001000110 010101001010 01100101 011101 1011 00111010010 111111 11010011 0100 0101001 11011110101 011011111 110111110 1101110 11101001101010 111000010 11111111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 115
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, to, and are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of The Bruise Of This;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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