This is an analysis of the poem Mental Gymnastics that begins with:

There is nothing like maintaining one's consciousness.
One that others may argue with from their point of view....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AXXXXX AXXXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101010101100 1110110001101 1010001 101111101000 1111001001010100 10111010100110 101010101100 1010101 01010101001 10011010010101 101010 111010010010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 282
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Mental Gymnastics;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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