This is an analysis of the poem The Death Of A Toad that begins with:

A toad the power mower caught,
Chewed and clipped of a leg, with a hobbling hop has got...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcbc dddede dXefef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 11100100100111 0010111001 10010001001 001011001001 110101 010100101 10010100111001 0010001110111 1110110101 11000101 0111101 011010101 1101011100100 1101011101 00110111101 01010111 010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 271
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, and are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of The Death Of A Toad;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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