This is an analysis of the poem Bleeding that begins with:

Stop bleeding said the knife
I would if I could said the cut. ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbabbdbebfcaXXafagbdebXXbhihXjbabjgijbabgX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 44,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101 11011101 11011110001 010101 11101010101 1101 01011010101 01010 0101101101110 1010 1110111110011 111101110011 1110101 11111001101 111011100101011 0101 11111101 111111 11110011101 1011010111111 11101 1111010111010 11011011100010 1110000111001011 1101011011 1011111101 11101 11001 11110111110110 1010001110100111 01011011110110 1010 1111011101 101110010101 111101 11111010 10101011111 110101011011000 1011101010 101010101101 101111111101101 1111010111101 1111101101101 01010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1861
  • Average number of words per stanza: 374
  • Amount of lines: 44
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; said, it, i, you, little, just, feel, now, to are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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