This is an analysis of the poem Taste that begins with:

What, then, is taste but those internal powers,
Active and strong, and feeling alive... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaXabXbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11011101010 101111001 0110100101 0101010101 01011100011 0100111101 1101110101 1101110101 0101010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 381
  • Average number of words per stanza: 66
  • Amount of lines: 9
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; and, nor are repeated.

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

  • summary of Taste;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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