This is an analysis of the poem The Pig that begins with:

In ev'ry age, and each profession,
Men err the most by prepossession; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaabbccdXeeffggggbbhhXbiijjbbgXaakkXXllddaaccffmmffbbjXhhXXbblX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 64,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010111010 110111000 11010101 11010101 11011101 11000101 01010101 10010101 01010111 11010111 110101001 10110001 10110101 11010101 010100101 11010101 11010111 10111101 11010111 01010101 11100101 11010100 11010101 001111011010 111100111 11010101 11011101 1101101 01111111 01010111 111111001 0101100110000 11010101 11110001 10010101 11010101 010011110 111110010 010101110 110011110 110101110 110111010 0101010010 1101001010 10011100011 11011101 110101010 01110010 11111001 11010101 01010101 010100101 110110101 11011111 110101101 1010111110 01010111 111100001 1010101110 11011101 01011101 10010101 1001100110 11110101000
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2428
  • Average number of words per stanza: 406
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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