This is an analysis of the poem A Marriage that begins with:

The first retainer
he gave to her...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXb cXXa cXba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010 1100 1010 101 010111 111 1101111 110 01101 110 11110 1100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 71
  • Average number of words per stanza: 15
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 17 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word her at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

  • summary of A Marriage;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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