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

I knew a poor remittance man,
A decent chap, but funny,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcccb dedeaaae ffaXgggf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 0101110 011101001 0001110 11010101 11011101 11110101 0111010 11110101 1101010 11010101 1111010 01110101 11111101 01010101 0101010 11010001 1101011 11010111 010100 11110011 11010101 11010111 1101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 249
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • 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 punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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