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

JUST for a 'scrap of paper,'
Just for a Nation's word...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXaabXcdadXXcbXeXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101010 110101 1101010 110101 1101010 1101011110110 110111 1101011 110111 1101011 110101 1101001 110101 1101011 110101 1101010 110101 1101010 11101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 544
  • Average number of words per stanza: 108
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • 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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; just, for are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word just is repeated.

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

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

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