This is an analysis of the poem January 1 that begins with:

Some people confuse inspiration with lightning
not me I know it comes from the lungs and air ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbcXcdXdeXXeXeXea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 110011010010 11110100111 110011010101 0010110010101 0010110101011 11011010110 0010111111 010111011101 0101101001 11011100101 110100110101 01010100100100 10101110010010 11101111101 010110101010010 1110010100010 10110101110110 010111011001 01001110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 915
  • Average number of words per stanza: 175
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

  • summary of January 1;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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