This is an analysis of the poem People You Knew that begins with:

Don't keep it bottled up...
All those reasons you can let off steam....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABAC DDDDECFF ABAC DDDCFF DECFFXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,8,4,6,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101 111011111 110101 111111111 11011 11011 10011 1111111 1111110 1111101 01 11011111 110101 111011111 110101 111111111 11011 11011 10011 1111101 01 11011111 1111111 1111110 1111101 01 11011111 11011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 144
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; keep, you, those are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words all, those are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines you is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word lose at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

  • summary of People You Knew;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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