This is an analysis of the poem Do You Prefer To Have It Spelled? that begins with:

I too thought my elders,
Believed they knew so much....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb XXXa ccbXb XdceXXec XXcadc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,5,8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111110 011111 111010 11101 111100100 01000100 11111010001 100111010101 010011 11011 1110010101101 11111101 01001111 01 1101011011 01110010001001 11111 100101010101011 1110111010101 10111011 00101101010 10111 11010101 11011 111001 1110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 146
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The author used the same words i, today 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 Do You Prefer To Have It Spelled?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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