This is an analysis of the poem Taxi Suite (Excerpt: 1. After Anacreon) that begins with:

When I drive cab
I am moved by strange whistles and wear a hat...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Ab Abc Ad AX Adbe AeX AcXAec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,3,2,2,4,3,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111 11111101101 1111 110101111010 10101010 1111 110111110010111 1111 111011001000101 1111 01010010101111 111011101111 1001101110101 1111 1101010010010 11110010010 1111 1111000101001 1111 11010111010100 1010
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 92
  • Average number of words per stanza: 19
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, they, now are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase now connects the lines.

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

  • summary of Taxi Suite (Excerpt: 1. After Anacreon);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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