This is an analysis of the poem The Unsettled Scores that begins with:

The men are talking peace at 'ome, but 'ere we're talking fight,
There's many a little debt we've got to square;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef fgfg hbhb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01110111111101 11001011101 01010101110111 11101011101 111010101010101 11101010110 1001000101010111 11101010101 111010101110101 111000101001 111010101010101 11111010101 1110101010100001 1010110111 11110101011101 10001010101 111110101011101 11111110111 111011111100101 1110111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 220
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; we've, and, 'aven't, there, to are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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