This is an analysis of the poem Twenty-Pound Stone that begins with:

It nests in the hollow of my pelvis, I carry it with both hands, as if
offering my stomach, as if it were pulling me forward....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab cc d Xd b aa X d c X X cX cX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,1,2,1,2,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0100100110110001110 100110100010110 11011000111100 01111110 0111010 11100010010111001 01110010 0100111001001 010101010001111011 01011 000100010010001 1101010111110111 010111100 1010010011101 11101011110111 0110010111101010 101011111001 01110001000101110 00010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 80
  • Average number of words per stanza: 15
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it, my, i, into are repeated.

    The author used the same words it, if at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

  • summary of Twenty-Pound Stone;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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