This is an analysis of the poem Casting One's Own Shadow that begins with:

Call your trip whatever you wish.
I've learned not to debate, argue......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbcccb dXeX dbfg debXcd dhffcf bgXiiXbh degbgeeX accgcbgXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,4,6,6,8,8,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111011 11100110 1100101010 10011 1110100101 1110 1001100010 10101100101110 11101001000 01010100 11101100 101010101 101111101 0010111010 011 1111110010 1111010101110 10011010 01110100110 11101111 111111 10010011110 1110010 1101101101 111101011 0101011 1101011 11100010111 1111011010100 1 1011 1110 010011110010 101111001 001011110 1100 111101101 110110111 010101 11101 10111101001 10100 110 1111 1111 10110011011 11001 011100101111001 10111101100 1101111100100 100 111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 184
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 52
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    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; life, i, they, can are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i've 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 Casting One's Own Shadow;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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