This is an analysis of the poem The Rose that begins with:

The rose had been washed, just washed in a shower
Which Mary to Anna conveyed;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd Xbeb cbcb efef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01101110010 11001001 010010010010 11101001 01111101011 101001001 01101011001 101001101 11001001101 1010011011 11001011001 11001001 11101001001 11101001 01001011001 01001001 01001111001 111001001 101101001011 101001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 160
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it 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.

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

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

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