This is an analysis of the poem A Question that begins with:

Whene’er I feed the barnyard folk
My gentle soul is vexed;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa bcXc ccac baXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10110111 110101 11010011 111101 01010101 110101 11111101 110111 11010101 110101 01110101 010101 111101110 010101 010000101 111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 113
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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.

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

  • summary of A Question;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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