This is an analysis of the poem Ifs And Buts that begins with:

You want me to believe in you.
In everything you may say and do....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AABAC dXefd DEgg DEhh AABACXfbbe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,4,4,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11100101 010111111 11111111 1010111 11011 11011011101 10101110 1011 11010111 111001001 101100101 1001001101 1011101011 11010101011 101100101 1001001101 110110111 111111011101 11100101 010111111 11111111 1010111 11011 110101111 1111111001 0101101111 1111000001011
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 158
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The author used the same word you 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 Ifs And Buts;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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