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

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work
to me which He has not committed to another I am a link in a chain,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101010111100101101011 01111101000101101001010010 01101110101111110 11101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 256
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 4
  • Average number of symbols per line: 63 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; has, i, he, to, me are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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