This is an analysis of the poem A Worldly Country that begins with:

Not the smoothness, not the insane clocks on the square,
the scent of manure in the municipal parterre,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaabbccddeeffXXgXgghXXXffhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 28,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101010011101 0100100010010 10100101000101 101111010010001 0110111100110010 11111010110 010110101111 110101101011 11010010010 11110101010 111100111001010 1011111010010 01111111101 110111010101 10011010101 01011111101 111100110110 01010010110 1011011101 11110101011 101111011 101101011001000 1011101010100 11001010111010 101011010101010 11111100010001 111010011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 675
  • Average number of words per stanza: 126
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 49 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; not, and, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word not is repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines in is repeated).

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

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

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