This is an analysis of the poem Wedding Cake that begins with:

Once on a plane
a woman asked me to hold her baby...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcXdefghfbcidjXcgigkjkbXjecccXalbhggmjbmekcjjfl
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 48,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101 0101101010 1101 110011 11010111 11111 10111010 10101 1101 1101010 101010 111010 1101 111010 1101010 101 1110 00101 1101011 1010 10101 1011 0101 0101110 0101 010101 11111 110110 1111 01011110 1110 10010100 010101 11010 1111 111 111111 1111 10101 10110 110101 11111 1101 0111001 1110100010 101 010110110 11001011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1099
  • Average number of words per stanza: 213
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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