This is an analysis of the poem It's A Mind 'Thing' that begins with:

Not another dance am I going to have with failure.
Now that I've come to realize, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABCD ecefa ggdb XccXhiXhX Xgdh ABCD ghidddfX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,5,4,9,4,4,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101111001010 11110101 1001010 010111000 01111 01011110 10010 101010011 111101010 10 1 1101010 110100011 101010010101010 01011001001 1111100111010 111111101 011100 1001110111 11101 111101010 1111 1 1111101111 111001111 1011110 10101111001010 11110101 1001010 010111000 11010 01110111110 101101001 11 10111010 1111111 010101010101 0011
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 168
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 38
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    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; i, it, that are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of It's A Mind 'Thing';
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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