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

I used to be a peaceful chap as didn't ask for trouble,
An' as for rows an' fightin', why, I'd mostly rather not,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaX XcXc ddXdXbdbdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110001011101110 11111101110101 111111010101010 101011101110111 01011011111011 111111101101010 101110110101101 001010101011101 010101011101010 101010101110111 111100101110111 001010101011101 110101011111010 11011111010111 110111011111010 11010101111011 11010101111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 265
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; an', to, it are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word it's at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines own is repeated).

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

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

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