This is an analysis of the poem How Far Above It Can Not Being Of It Be? that begins with:

After many decades spent,
Living lives on dwindling cash......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbccaX DXbaXda DXdeeffc bfbfga aagebg gXhhXg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,8,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010011 10111001 110111 1010 10100101 011 010001110 10110 10101101100 1010101 101 011011 0011010 001 10110 01110 10010 0101100 10110 101010101 1101001001010 1001010111001 1011001 1010111 11 110010010100 110011010101 11101010 1 11010 1110000 1 110001 1110101 1101 1101 1101 111 00001000 11000
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 170
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • 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; how, far are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word how is repeated.

    The author used the same word people at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of How Far Above It Can Not Being Of It Be?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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