This is an analysis of the poem The Common Touch that begins with:

I would not be too wise—so very wise
That I must sneer at simple songs and creeds,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabbbbcdcdefefgaga
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1110111101 1111110111 1101010111 0101011101 1111011111 1101010111 1101010101 1101010111 1111111101 11001000111 1011010101 1101111101 1111010101 1111010101 1111010101 1101101111 1111110101 11011100101 1101010101 0101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 836
  • Average number of words per stanza: 169
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words could, and are repeated.

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

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