This is an analysis of the poem First We Take Manhattan that begins with:

They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010100010 11001010001 01010100010 11101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 179
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 4
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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 First We Take Manhattan;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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