This is an analysis of the poem A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention that begins with:

They amputated
Your thighs off my hips....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abAc bXAc aXXXX X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,5,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic trimeter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11010 11111 111001 11110100 10101 10010 111001 111101100 01010100 110010 1100100111 11101 1100100101 1101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 92
  • Average number of words per stanza: 18
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (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 used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words they, we are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word them at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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