This is an analysis of the poem Valentine for Ernest Mann that begins with:

You can't order a poem like you order a taco.
Walk up to the counter, say, "I'll take two"...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXab bcXXddbae XfgXfhheXgdb cXba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,9,12,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100101110010 110010110110 10100010101 10101 111110 10011100111 110100110001 11101001 1010010011 111011011 1001110010 0111111101 0100111110 111011101 1110101 11010111110 101111100100 1111001101001 1100100110110 1010111110 1111110100 11011101100 1101101011010 001011100 11111101 10011011101111 11101101011 0110101111111 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 295
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; you, to, he, serious are repeated.

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

  • summary of Valentine for Ernest Mann;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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