This is an analysis of the poem Sorrow's Uses that begins with:

The uses of sorrow I comprehend
Better and better at each year’s end.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bb cc XX dd cc eeXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0100101101 101101101 101101101 111000100 10100111 11100100111 100111001 1010101010 010111001 0010111101 0110100101 110101101 1111100101 110100101 1101101101 110101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 75
  • Average number of words per stanza: 15
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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 poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word to is repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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