This is an analysis of the poem Before Or After that begins with:

The only reason why it is there,
In the first place......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: abcd daefXXaedbcfXggbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010101001 0011 0011100 1110101 001101010 1001 1101101 010111 01110 0101001010 1 11010101 101000010 101001 101110100 11 110001 101 0101 100100 1101101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 264
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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.

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

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

  • summary of Before Or After;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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