This is an analysis of the poem The People Upstairs that begins with:

The people upstairs all practise ballet
Their living room is a bowling alley...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaabbcccccc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0100111001 1101001010 1110100101 110101011 110111101 1110101101 110111001 1010110111 11111101 1100111101 1110100110 0010011111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 486
  • Average number of words per stanza: 88
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • 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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; their, they are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of The People Upstairs;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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