This is an analysis of the poem Anticipation And Possession that begins with:

Why do we grieve when fancied joys
Elude our grasp and fly ?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXc dXae aafa XfXf ggag dbXc fehe ddXdXabhb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111101 011111 01011111 110100 11010111 110010 01010101 111101 11010101 0100101 110101001 0111001 11011010 111111 11000110 111101 11110101 010101 01011111 010101 01011101 110111 11010001 110100 11011111 110101 11010101 110101 11111101 011101 11110101 110101 11010100 111001 11010111 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

  • summary of Anticipation And Possession;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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