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

I was asleep while you were dying.
It's as if you slipped through some rift, a hollow...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABAaCaaBAABaaCaABA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111010 01011111010 11011101110 01001110110 101110101011 1011111110 11001011010 11101111110 01101010010 01101010010 11101111110 11001011010 1011111110 101110101011 01001110110 11011101110 01011111010 110111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 760
  • Average number of words per stanza: 146
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • 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; i, you, again are repeated.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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