This is an analysis of the poem The Poet’s Lot that begins with:

WHAT is a poet's love?--
To write a girl a sonnet,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa bcXc dddd XaXa dbdb cccc eeee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 100101 0101010 01011111 1100010 100101 1101010 11010100 0001010 110101 1011010 11011101 1011010 100101 1001011 11011101 11001111 010101 1101011 11011101 1111011 100101 1101110 01010101 0101010 110011 0101011 11010111 01110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 119
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; ye, nor, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, nor, the are repeated.

    The author used the same word what 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 The Poet’s Lot;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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