This is an analysis of the poem Sleep Waltz that begins with:

for MCW
Get old enough so you won't have much to fear....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X Aba abA aba aba aba abaa XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,3,3,3,3,3,4,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11 11011111101 1101010111 110110010111 0011101011111 011111010101 11011111101 11111110111 1110101001101 110110010111 01011011101 0101011101 111011111101 010011011101 10101001111 1010110010111 1110010111 1110101101 110111110101 10110010111 01101001011 0100000000000
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 126
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, to are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ear 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 Sleep Waltz;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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