This is an analysis of the poem 'If' Truth Mattered that begins with:

'IF' truth mattered,
Conflicts to pick would not exist....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme:
  • Stanza lengths (in strings):
  • Closest metre:
  • –°losest rhyme:
  • –°losest stanza type:
  • Guessed form:
  • Metre:
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 262
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 66
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, truth, would, it are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words 'if', very are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines mattered is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word mattered 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 truth connects the lines.

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