This is an analysis of the poem That The Soul May Wax Plump that begins with:

My dumpy little mother on the undertaker's slab
had a mannequin's grace. From chin to foot...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabcXXXadeedXb deffXcfXXfXeXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11010101010001 1010010101 0111011101 1001011011 01101011001 011101110110 1110010010011 1010011111 010110100101 1111011101 10111010111 1011001011 010110101001 10011 10101111110010 010001010001001 0110110111101 011001011101 00101011011100 1010100010101 111101000101 110101111110 101000101010100 1010111111 111110111010 0010111000111 010011110100011 11010100011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 688
  • Average number of words per stanza: 124
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (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, on, to are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines who is repeated).

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