This is an analysis of the poem On Your Own that begins with:

Stop thinking you need me to lead the way.
Or someone else to hold your hand, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbab bbcXX deXXXXb Xccdeeeb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,5,7,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101110101 11110111 011011010101 1011110111 10111 00100111 11001001101 110011 111111 10001011 001111 10011 00111010001 10101111 001011010100 1010111 0101011010 11 10101010 10111 111110011111 11001001001 1111010010 01 111 011001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 211
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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, your, you, i are repeated.

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

  • summary of On Your Own;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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