This is an analysis of the poem The Useless Ones that begins with:

Poets should not reason:
Let them sing!...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cccc adad efef bXbX egeg gbXb ghgh ijij
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101110 101 100010 111 101110 101 101010 101 111010 111 111010 111 101010 101 101110 001 111010 111 111010 101 101110 111 101010 111 101010 1001 101100 111 101110 111 101110 111 101110 101 111110 111
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 79
  • Average number of words per stanza: 14
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 19 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 3
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; for is repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Useless Ones;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation.

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