This is an analysis of the poem A Wreath To The Fish that begins with:

Who is this fish, still wearing its wealth,
flat on my drainboard, dead asleep,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabbcXdXXcdXdbdeXfXXeXaXfbgdgX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 30,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 100111001 11110101 01011100101 10001001 01010001001 100111010 100110100011 110011111 0101110110110 100101001 100010011001 110010101101 100010011111 110110011 111111 0110001 01010010010010 111001010 11001010111 11011101101 110111010010 010010010 0110100101 110010111101 110011011010 10010001001 110111110010 100001011 01010010100 101010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1267
  • Average number of words per stanza: 238
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words never, that, the are repeated.

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

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  • summary of A Wreath To The Fish;
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  • history of its creation;
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