This is an analysis of the poem The Expense Of Being Selective that begins with:

It's not that I am negative.
It just seems too exhausting, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABCDD aX cceXeXXABCDDee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,2,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01111100 0111010 0111010 11101010 0110100 1001010010 010001010111 11100001 011001010 011110 01100100 110111100 10100111 01111100 0111010 0111010 11101010 0110100 10100101010 0101010010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 162
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • 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.

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  • summary of The Expense Of Being Selective;
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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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