This is an analysis of the poem Self Serving Thoughtlessness that begins with:

I have been there myself.
And feel qualified from living the experience, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcde BeXfX BcXgdgX fbeeaXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,5,7,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111 1110101000100 1100001111 01010010101010 100110010 101101 11101110 010000000 010011101 010010010001 101011010 11101110 010000001110 110100 11101001001 11010110 0110101 00101110101 1111 0110100000 1001001 10001001101 001001 0110110100 110101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 223
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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 is repeated.

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

  • summary of Self Serving Thoughtlessness;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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