This is an analysis of the poem The Woman Breaking Bricks that begins with:

The woman, breaking bricks and sitting on a sidewalk,
wears a red sari as she breaks the bricks, under the burning sun, breaks the bricks, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbXcb bbbbb bXcdb Ebc aef EXXf gbgd bcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,5,5,3,3,4,4,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101011101011 1011011101100101101 011010101 1011111010111101 11111101010111110110 11011001101 1001010101010010101 111101 01011110011001 01111011001 01101010101001 1011110101001 1101010101010 010011001 0010011110 101011001 01001 100101010101001 10101100111001100101 1111101100111 10110111010111 0101101111010110011 01001 100100101010 11110010001 110111011110101111 1101101101010110 11110110101 01101010 01010101011110 1001010100101001 010010101110010 10111100100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 229
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 55 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; bricks, breaks, day, breaking, man, of, her, dream are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words of, her are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines bricks is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same words bricks, roof at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Woman Breaking Bricks;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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