This is an analysis of the poem Perpetual Motion that begins with:

What (said the poet) should we care
For all this mad world's phantasies,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXabXcdc bebebfXf dcXcghgh bgbgbibi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010111 11011100 11010101 01010101 01010110 01110101 11110111 11010101 10111011 10110101 11010101 11110111 10111011 10111101 010111100 11010101 11110101 11010001 01110100 01011101 11010111 11110101 11111111 10010100 10111011 01011111 11110001 01010101 10111011 01110101 110011101 11010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 282
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; and, grass, to are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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