This is an analysis of the poem 'If' You Picked Up The Beat that begins with:

Remember when we first met?
And we couldn't wait, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AAABCADCbEDFgdh XiefdefaiXha bEDFXgach AAABCADCX XXacX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 15,12,9,9,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101111 11101 0111001 010110 10111 11001 1110110 10111 01001010 1001 1111010 111011001 1010101 0111011010 11101 01011101 10110101 0101110011 11111111 1101010010 010110 110101101 10101001 10011010 111 110101 011111 1010 1001 1111010 111011001 1010 101 011101 10100 11 0101111 11101 0111001 010110 10111 11001 1110110 10111 0100 1 11100101111 111101 1001 0111111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 273
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 50
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

    The author used the same word remember 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 'If' You Picked Up The Beat;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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