This is an analysis of the poem It Is Not In Vain That I Have Been Seeking that begins with:

The shop-keepers on their chairs
Have marked out God along the walls,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXXa bXccdcXd Xeea aXb acc Xc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,8,4,3,3,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0110111 11110101 1101011 11111111 1101011001 11101101 0101001001 01111111100 01010111 011101010010 11011 0010101 101110010 110110 0100110 01011 1010 110 1101 110110 100011 0111110 0111110 0101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 119
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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; in, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, in, because are repeated.

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

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

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

  • summary of It Is Not In Vain That I Have Been Seeking;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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