This is an analysis of the poem A Word To Philosophers that begins with:

COLD philosophers, so apt
With your formulas exacting,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbababXcXcdcdcefeXfdfddcdcghghababababghghgXXXibibfbfXjgjXcbcXkgkXlhlhdhXhfcXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 80,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010011 01100010 0110110 1110010 1010001 11101010 1010011 00100010 1010101 10001010 1010101 10101110 1001111 10100010 10100100 11101010 1100011 11001010 1010111 1111000100 1010111 11101010 10100001 11101010 1010111 10100010 10000101 10001010 1010101 10111010 10010101 00111010 1101101 001001010 1011001 100101010 10101001 10011010 1001101 11101010 100101 10001010 1010100 10101110 1111101 10101100 10111000 10101000 1110101 10101010 1000101 11101010 10010111 10101010 1000011 101001000 1010111 11111010 0110111 111110000 11111001 11111010 10111001 11011100 1110101 11101010 1110101 11100100 1010101 101001010 10010101 01111110 1010111 10111010 1011100 11001010 1010101 00101010 10101110 00101000
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2509
  • Average number of words per stanza: 398
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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; your is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

  • summary of A Word To Philosophers;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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