This is an analysis of the poem Doubt that begins with:

1 They bade me cast the thing away,
2 They pointed to my hands all bleeding,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaa cddccc aeeaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111110101 1110011110 1110101110 101111111 111111101 101111101 111011101 1010111110 1011101110 101011111 111001101 111011101 111111101 1111111110 1010111110 101110101 110011111 111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 255
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; they, i, if are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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