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

Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget;
For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbccaa ccddbbeeff gghhhhii ffddddccaaff ddXXhcbb ccccccXaaaaaaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,10,8,12,8,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111111111101 1110100101101101 10100110111100 101001110101011011 11110011110111 101001101010011 1111111111111 10111111111101 011111000100111 111111011101111 01110101011111 111101010100101 1010011011001001 101001101101001 110100101110111 111110011111111 010111111001001 0110101111011 10100110110101 11011111111001 011111111100101 1010010100110011 1111010010101 11011101111101 110111111011111 10111010110101 011110111100111 0100101011110111 110111101110101 10101101111111001 1010110110111 1111110111101 0111101011001 1011110010101 11010101001101 01110010111111 10111001101110111 11111101111101 11010101101101 10111001011101001 111010010110101 111001010111101101 1010100101110001 11010111010101 1101011101100101 10110101110011 111010001010101 101101101111011 111101011111001 11111111010101111 1010110100110101 1111001011111 1111011011111 1011110111001 01011101110101 11110101111001 010111010110111 11111100010101 1110100101111101 1111111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 538
  • Average number of words per stanza: 106
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; us, there, in, and, of, their, we, men, he, they, wrath are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words there, and, the, we, he, they are repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase lords connects the lines.

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  • summary of The Secret People;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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