This is an analysis of the poem They Sat There To Say Nothing that begins with:

He stood there in their faces,
To say he was more intelligent than they....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbcX XXabX bbddcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110110 01111010011 11111101 1101011101 101011101 11110110 011101010 1011 11011111 010111011 11101000101 1101001010010 1110100110 10011011100 1010101110101 01001011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 212
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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; he is repeated.

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

  • summary of They Sat There To Say Nothing;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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