This is an analysis of the poem I Cherish Those Steps Taken By My Ancestors that begins with:

I cherish those steps,
Taken by my ancestors....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcc Xbadb eaeaX XdfXfc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,5,5,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011 1011110 11111 001011111 1111 01001 111010110 00100001 110 10111 0010010 100101 001010 11100101 00100011110 010001 11011101010 001001 101110 101001101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 141
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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; to is repeated.

    The author used the same word i 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 I Cherish Those Steps Taken By My Ancestors;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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