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

The last thing she does
before she gets ready to die...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcd aef agaa dghaia aXg Xjcihibfe aXa cXkkahd aaafhXajca agffc dgjXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,3,4,6,3,9,3,7,10,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01111 01111001 1100010 1010010 11 01111010 011101 01101 11010 10011 10101 010 01010 1110 101 00101 1111 10011 0111 10 11 101 01 0100 10 10100 1101 010101 01011 01101100 1010101 100010 110010001 01100000111 0100101 011000 1101 10010000010 110 1111 011 10000110 1001 100101 01001 0101 111 101 01001 101 0100 1 11 10111010 1110010 01011010 101101 1100100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 99
  • Average number of words per stanza: 17
  • Amount of lines: 58
  • Average number of symbols per line: 20 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 3
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; she is repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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