This is an analysis of the poem Hope that begins with:

When we went singing down the road,
In days when want was not a goad,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccb dddeed ffbggXXaabaab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 01111101 1101110 11111111 01000100 1101110 11001101 11001101 1101010 11110011 11111101 1111010 11111111 01011101 0111110 11010101 01001111 1101100 11110101 11110101 1001010 11010101 01010001 1111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 199
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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

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

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