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

In 1965 my parents broke two laws of Mississippi;
they went to Ohio to marry, returned to Mississippi....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa ba ba ba ba baXba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with trochaic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 0111011101010 1100100100101010 1101000101001011 01001110101101010 0110110100100101 110110011010101010 10110110101101001 10111110100010101010 110110111111111 111110101010 1111110101101101 111111010101101010 1111110001000101 101011011001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 126
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 63 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; mississippi, to, my, he, when are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word mississippi at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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