This is an analysis of the poem My Education that begins with:

At school I sometimes read a book,
And learned a lot of lessons;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaXbcbc dedefgfg hihibaba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101101 1101010 11010111 1111010 01110101 110111 01010011 1101 11011101 0101010 11010101 1000110 01011111 110101 11011111 1101 11010111 1111111 11010101 1111111 11010111 111111 11111101 1010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 226
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (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; i, by are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word at at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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