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

it's not the crutches we decry
it's the need to move forward ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: XaX abccdbbeb dXXbbbeXXXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,9,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 0010110 111001 10100101 11010100 111110110 010 101001001 11010101 1101010 1111011101 0101 1101001 111101 10101010 1111100 1111 01110 1101001 110010101011 00100101101 111101 0110
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 226
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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 Crutches;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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