This is an analysis of the poem Tit-For-Tat that begins with:

'SAY, whither goes my buxom maid
All with the coal-black e'e?'...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme:
  • Stanza lengths (in strings):
  • Closest metre:
  • –°losest rhyme:
  • –°losest stanza type:
  • Guessed form:
  • Metre:
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 134
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

  • summary of Tit-For-Tat;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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