This is an analysis of the poem August 8th that begins with:

Listen here. I've never played it safe
in spite of what the critics say....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc XcXXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101110101 01010101 11010101011 111111101 11111111111 1111111010 110111111 00101111101 11001111 11010101010 1100011111 1011010101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 263
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

  • summary of August 8th;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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