This is an analysis of the poem What Is This 'Thing' that begins with:

What is this 'thing'...
People keep on their eyes to peep....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XAXAXBCDC XAXAXBCDC XAXAXc XEXXXfXFXFXXXFXFXfXXXEeXXXEXEXEXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,6,34,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001 10111101 1001 101111011 1001 11011101 110011111 10001000110 00110111 1001 10111101 1001 101111011 1001 11011101 110011111 10001000110 00110111 1001 10111101 1001 101111011 1001 101011101 1001 111011 1001 010111 1001 11111101 1001 11010101 1001 1101011 1001 1001 1001 1101011 1001 11010101 1001 11011101 1001 010111 1001 111011 1010010 1001 1001 1001 1010010 1001 1010010 1001 1010010 1001 1001 1001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 415
  • Average number of words per stanza: 72
  • Amount of lines: 58
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; this, 'thing', what are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word what is repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word leaked 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 What Is This 'Thing';
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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