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

A man crosses the street in rain,
stepping gently, looking two times north and south,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXa bc cXdX ebb dfeaXfe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,2,4,3,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01100101 10101011111 01010011010 11111 111110011 011001110011 1111 111010110 1001 0111010 11010011 1011 11100010 01001 01110011110 01010 0101001 01010110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 94
  • Average number of words per stanza: 18
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words no, the are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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