This is an analysis of the poem He Came To Read that begins with:

He came to read. Two or three books
are open; historians and poets....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaXaXbaXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011111 1100100110 111011110 11011010 1010101001001 11010101111010 1010111 1001101 101101010 01011 011010110100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 425
  • Average number of words per stanza: 81
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; he is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of He Came To Read;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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