This is an analysis of the poem Adolescence I that begins with:

In water-heavy nights behind grandmother's porch
We knelt in the tickling grasses and whispered:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXaXXbXXbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010101011101 11001010110 101101111001 1011111 11111 111101 0111001 01011011110010 111101 001011 0101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 393
  • Average number of words per stanza: 70
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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