This is an analysis of the poem 'But' that begins with:

Tho we seem to reach the turning
And the Government is yearning... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccX Xbdeed aabffb Xbbggb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101010 10100010 0111101101 00100010 11101110 1101010101 1110101 10010101 11010101110101 1010001 1110101 111010101110111 11101110 11101110 11100100101 10101111 10101011 10101110101 1010101 1011101 1010101110101 10101010 10101010 00111011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 221
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; that is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of 'But';
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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