This is an analysis of the poem Paying Close Attention that begins with:

What ammunition do 'I' use?
Truth....

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: A XBCbbaX ABXCXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,7,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with trochaic tetrameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11010111 1 11101000 11 011111 101101 11111 1011110100 11010111 11101000 10110010100 11 101010 1001110
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 116
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (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 Paying Close Attention;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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