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

Let him answer as he will,
Or be lightsome as he may,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbacXc deedfef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 1110110 1010111 1110111 1110101 1011111 1111101 1111111 1110101 1011101 1110111 1110101 1110111 1010111 1010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 212
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 author used the same word let at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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