This is an analysis of the poem On A Fixed Budget that begins with:

I've been taught to keep my cool...
No matter what class of fool surrounds me....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXabc XbccXacdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with trochaic tetrameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1010111 1101101011 11001110111 11110101 110001101 1000100011101 010100010 010100101101 1 1101010 1010010101 00101010010 100110100110100 1011110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 272
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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 On A Fixed Budget;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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