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

That should be obvious
Of course it won't...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbXbbbXXXccbXbbXXabbXXbdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110100 0101 10111 100010 0101010 1 0101 1101 11 1000110 0101 11100 11 1 1011110 011 0110 011010 1101 111101 01 11101001 1010100 111 10100 110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 503
  • Average number of words per stanza: 96
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 18 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

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

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in it:

  • summary of The Slums;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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