This is an analysis of the poem Red-Tiled Roof that begins with:

Poets may praise a wattle thatch
Doubtfully waterproof;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd efefgdgd XbXbbdbbd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10110101 100101 11101101 010111 10011101 111101 11100011 110101 11100101 010101 11110101 110101 11010101 110101 11010101 110101 11010101 111001 11110111 010101 11111101 01110110 10000101 010011101 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 238
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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 repeated the same word tiles 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 Red-Tiled Roof;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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