This is an analysis of the poem You Asked How (Formerly Even Now She Is Turning, Saying Everything I Always Wanted Her To Say) that begins with:

At the end there were straws
in her glove compartment, I'd split them open...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdeXb XbcdXXf cXfaaXXefgggXg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101 00101011010 01001010101101 11101001001 111111 010011111001 111111101101 111111101111 1111110111 11011111 010111000111 101 0111101011 1110 10010101101 01101110101011 0100110110 11101111 1011101 11011101 1011101 101100101111 0010010111 1011101010111 10010110100 11010110011 010101100 0101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 371
  • Average number of words per stanza: 72
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; and, his are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of You Asked How (Formerly Even Now She Is Turning, Saying Everything I Always Wanted Her To Say);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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