Analysis of Renoir's Fish
Laid back over oarlocks,
arms akimbo, hat slouched;
slow riding the Loire.
The river pushes
into a bobbing place
a sylvian picnic
where female bottoms convene
in soft repose.
Iridescent thuds, a thrashing of fins.
A large trout flops in the gunnels.
Wide lips, mouthing Gallic obscenities;
the rainbow splashing
of a disgruntled fish.
The rowboat rolls, rights and recovers.
Upon the shore
bottoms rise like plump geese
from green lawns.
The fish sneers,
flips a glowing Gauloises
between thick lips.
Full-figured forms rise
to watch the watery fuss
as more wine is poured.
The trout jumps into the river.
Parasols open and twirl.
We all smile behind our hands
as Renoir paints on.
|Scheme||ABX AAXXA AAAXX AXAA AAA AAXB XXAX|
|Metre||11101 10111 11001 01010 010101 011 111001 0101 010101011 01110010 1110100100 0110 100101 01110010 0101 101111 111 011 10101 0111 11011 1101001 11 11111 01101010 11001 11101101 10111|
|Closest metre||Iambic trimeter|
|Stanza Lengths||3, 5, 5, 4, 3, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||20|
|Words per line (avg)||4|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||79|
|Words per stanza (avg)||17|
Submitted by JohnDiamond on February 16, 2021
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