This is an analysis of the poem First Things First that begins with:

The boundary lamps were yellow blurs
Against the winter night,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbdcXcXeaecfgfhfafeecefbebhgigdiXaibcbccgegXjejCaaaXkakCfafefhfekakeifXckXdkeeeegkXk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 86,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010010101 010101 11110110 110101 11010101 011111 11010111 110111 11011100 011101 01010001 010001 11101111 111101 11110101 0101001 11011111 111101 1100101 110101 11110101 100111 10010101 011111 11011101 010001 11111111 111101 11111111 110111 11011101 010111 11011101 010101 1 0111001 010001 1101111 110100 11011101 010101 11110101 010101 01000111 111111 11111111 111111 01111111 010001 10010111 010111 01010001 010011 01011101 110101 01010101 010101 10010111 110101 110101110 111111 01110011 111101 11010111 011100 11011101 010111 11011111 010101 11011101 110110 11010101 110101 11000111 111111 1 10011101 010111 01010101 100111 11010111 010101 11011101 111101 11010111 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2541
  • Average number of words per stanza: 505
  • Amount of lines: 86
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, his, to, nor, he are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of First Things First;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!