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

Using looks and appearances,
Of people and things......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aababXcXdca eeXcbdXeac
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10110100 01011 01100101 00111000 101000101 00100001 0100110101 0101001011 001101 010010001001101 100101100100010 11111010011001 010010011000010 110001010100001001 0010010101 1111101110 1010010111010001 001100101010011 10111110101100101 0110101101010 1010111011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 465
  • Average number of words per stanza: 78
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word to is repeated.

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

  • summary of On A Minimal Budget;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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