This is an analysis of the poem Forced To Live Within Their Means that begins with:

Who has made the acceptance of debt,
With more credit to get......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaX bba aXX XXXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic tetrameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 111001001 011001 0101010 110101 00101011 011001010110 111100101 01110010 101011101 11101010100 010101101 0010101 111010111010 101010010010010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 130
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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; to, it are repeated.

    The author used the same word and 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 Forced To Live Within Their Means;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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