This is an analysis of the poem Advice To A Son that begins with:

Never trust a white man,
Never kill a Jew,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabaccccbcbcXdXdaeXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101011 10101 101011 10101 101010 110101 1011101 10111 11110101 10101 1101111 10101 1010100 10101 1010100 11111 111011 11101 11011101 110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 502
  • Average number of words per stanza: 93
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; never is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words never, all are repeated.

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

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

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