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

Leo's Tool & Die, 1950
In the early morning before the shop...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X XaaabcbbadeXXfcXddabeggebeeffbgXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,33,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10111 0010100101 101101001 111100101 0111101 01011110 10101000101 111010110 111010101 010111010 00101011 11 1111010101 1101010101 0101011111 1101100110 101011101 101011011 11010111011 111110111 1010101110 111 001001 0110100010 010010100111 0101000111 101001101011 010110100101 1010111010101 011011100100 0111011101 0111011 1011110100 10011000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 680
  • Average number of words per stanza: 119
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; of is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Drum;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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