This is an analysis of the poem The Common Man that begins with:

When plastered billboards scream with slogans
'fight for your country, go to battle' ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaaXbcc bXbdedeaafffbff cXaffeae
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,15,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 110111010 111101010 1100110110 101101110 111111010 01010101 11111111 10111111 11010101 11010101 11110111 11111101 100011010 11010101 110101010 111111010 1111111010 11011001 01111111 10100101 01110101 01110111 10011111 11111111 11110111 101101110 11110011 11110101 11010101 010100110 11010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 391
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

  • summary of The Common Man;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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