This is an analysis of the poem What We Want that begins with:

What we want
is never simple....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcXdceccacXdXeXfbfX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111 01010 110101 11110 01011101 111111 1111 111101 0110010 111 10111 10010 111 1101001 1010101 00111 1110001 10010 10111 10011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 438
  • Average number of words per stanza: 87
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 21 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; we is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of What We Want;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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