This is an analysis of the poem Thou Art My Lute that begins with:

Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,--
My being is attuned to thee....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaX cdcd eaea fbfb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111111 11000101 11011101 11010100 11111111 01010111 111111001 01010101 11111111 11010101 01010101 11000101 11111111 11111111 11010101 110010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 133
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; my is repeated.

    The author used the same word thou 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 Thou Art My Lute;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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