What is a critical appreciation of the poem "The Brides" by A. D. Hope?

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A critical appreciation is the reader evaluating a piece of literature from a discerning point of view.  It's mainly an objective analysis, but a writer is allowed to state opinions, if support is then given. 

A critical appreciation of a poem is going to include explanations of rhyme scheme, meter, imagery, and word play.  It may also include stanza arrangement.  A brief overview of the poem's plot (if applicable) or themes may be included as well.  

A.D. Hope's poem "The Brides" is a fun poem to read.  It's five stanzas convey the deep appreciation and love that the narrator has for automobiles -- specifically his automobile. His love and appreciation for his car is visualized via an extended metaphor of the car being as good (or better) than a wife.  I've read reviews of this poem that say it's very negative to women and sexist, but I disagree.  I think Hope simply writes a comparison about a man's love for cars that makes sense to readers.  

The poem is made of five 4-line stanzas.  Each stanza is written in a ABAB rhyme scheme.  Most of the lines in the poem are 10 syllable lines.  Many of the lines and words read in iambic foot, so the poem is mainly written in iambic pentameter; however, not every line fits that rhythm and meter.  

Personification is used throughout the poem. The narrator frequently refers to his car as a female. For example "she rolls away." There is some alliteration as well. "Shining/silent" and "bowser-boy."  

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