This is an analysis of the poem Often that begins with:

Often it is not the pain.
But the agony that remains long after, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: aXb XXcac deXefXaaabfad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,5,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1000101 10100101110 11 10001010 101011 0011101 11101 1010 10000100 01011001 100011 101 0101101 1100001 1100010 1110 0111 0101101 10 001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 121
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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