This is an analysis of the poem To A Friend that begins with:

Your head is steel cut into drooping lines
That make a mask satirically meek:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaacca aXaaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1101100101 1101100001 1101010101 0101011101 0101010011 1101000101 0101010101 1110010111 1011000101 11000010100 1111010111 1100010101 1111001001 0101101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 283
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of To A Friend;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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