This is an analysis of the poem It Might Have Been that begins with:

We will be what we could be. Do not say,
'It might have been, had not this, or that, or this.' ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaX bcbc dddd XeXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1001110111 11101101111 1111100101 110110 1011111111 11010110001 1111110111 111101 1011111111 0011111001 1101010111 111111 1111011111 011111101 1101111111 110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 164
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • 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 is repeated.

    The author used the same word we 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 It Might Have Been;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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