This is an analysis of the poem Preferred As Protective Devices that begins with:

In unfortunate ways these days,
People are allowed to betray themselves....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXaX aXXa abXba aX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,4,5,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 00100111 1010100101 101010 0110111 00100110100 011111 110101000100 1101000 10110100001 0101011010010 1110011 101100010101 10001010111 011011101 1011001011 11000100100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 156
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to is repeated.

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

  • summary of Preferred As Protective Devices;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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