This is an analysis of the poem Christmas At The Orphanage that begins with:

But if they'd give us toys and twice the stuff most
parents splurge on the average kid, orphans, I submit, need more than enough; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXabb XXaXXab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101011111011 1011010011010111101 0111011101 01110001010 1010101100 11010101111101110111 0111101011 1100101110 0111111101 1110111011 10111101110 0111011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 309
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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