This is an analysis of the poem I'M Better Than That! that begins with:

I know I'm not that...
Greedy....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbAA BAA AbAA BAA XXc DCC AbAA Ba AbAA BAAA DCC AbAAA AbAAA DCC DCAAA DCAAA DCC BAAA BAAA DCA DCAeAeA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,3,4,3,3,3,4,2,4,4,3,5,5,3,5,5,3,4,4,3,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011 10 01 1001 110101110 011 101 11011 10 01 1001 110101110 011 101 11011110 010011 11 11011110 10011111 10011111 11011 10 01 1001 110101110 011101 11011 10 01 1001 110101110 011 101 01011 11011110 10011111 10011111 11011 10 011 101 01011 11011 10 011 101 01011 11011110 10011111 10011111 11011110 10011111 1011 101 01011 11011110 10011111 1011 101 01011 11011110 10011111 10011111 110101110 011 101 01011 110101110 011 101 01011 11011110 10011111 101011 11011110 10011111 101011 10 01011 110 01011
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 85
  • Average number of words per stanza: 16
  • Amount of lines: 81
  • Average number of symbols per line: 21 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i'm, what, believed, and, seen, as, shown are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words i, so at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines shown, that are repeated).

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase i'm connects the lines.

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

  • summary of I'M Better Than That!;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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