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

Strange violin, why do you follow me?
In how many foreign cities did you...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcc XXba dedX Xe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001111101 0110101001 1011011101 11101110111 101110101 111010101 111010111 1111101111 1001111110 011111101 101101000100 10100011 0101101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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