This is an analysis of the poem First Love that begins with:

you had swept back your bangs for the first time
when I saw you under the apple tree...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaX XXXb XaXb ccaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111111011 1111100101 0101011 1111000101 111111110 101110 10100100101 111001 110110010 111 0101100 1011 1001001010 10101 110101 1101101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 127
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word love 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 First Love;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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