This is an analysis of the poem To Be Of Use that begins with:

The people I love the best
jump into work head first...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXaabb aXcd XaXbXa cadaebcXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,4,6,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101101 100111 01100010 11101111101 110011001100 011101 1011011 1110110011100101 1111010101010 1100110101110 111100101101 1100010101 001110001010 11001110101 1111010011100 11001010 1011101010011 0100101011 101011001 10111011 101110111100 11001111 1010111110010 111101001 0101110010 101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 271
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; who, to, in, and are repeated.

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

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

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

  • summary of To Be Of Use;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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