This is an analysis of the poem My Mother Contemplating Her Gun that begins with:

One boyfriend said to keep the bullets
locked in a different room....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a Xbcd bbe cfd f fc gX hc g f aX X ad gei hi g X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,3,3,1,2,2,2,1,1,2,1,2,3,2,1,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101010 1001001 0101 10 1010110 1111010 1011 1101 110 111011010 010 01001 11001 010100 1101001011 0101001010 010011101 10 1111000 1001011 1100110 1010101 1111101 101001011101 1001010 101100101 01001 1110011 1101010011 01010001 101010110 01100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 62
  • Average number of words per stanza: 9
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

  • summary of My Mother Contemplating Her Gun;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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