This is an analysis of the poem Adam's Complaint that begins with:

Some people,
no matter what you give them,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abX cdXX cae cde aXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,4,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110 1101110 1101 01 01 1111 110 0101 1010 1101 1101 1111011 111001 110100101 101101 01010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 69
  • Average number of words per stanza: 13
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 21 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of Adam's Complaint;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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