This is an analysis of the poem How Many Ideas Have You Stole that begins with:

How many have you stole,
From an idol you say that you like....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABACdADD ABACdADD XAXAXDDX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111 011011111 110111 10010011 1 110111 111000111 001000101 1110010111 011011111 110111 10010011 1 110111 111000111 001000101 11111 1110010111 11111 1110010111 11111 111000111 001000101 11101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 230
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

    The poet repeated the same word told at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

  • summary of How Many Ideas Have You Stole;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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