This is an analysis of the poem Not To Keep that begins with:

They sent him back to her. The letter came
Saying... And she could have him. And before...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcXXXXdcXXeX XXbdaXecdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 13,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111000101 1011111101 1101111101 100101011001 1011110001 1111110101 1101010001 01110111 101010111101 11111111010 111110111 11011001001 1101101010 1000 1101010111 1001101101 1100111101 11100110001 1100110101 1111111001 11001101010 1001110101 111011001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 491
  • Average number of words per stanza: 97
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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; to, and, she, had, all are repeated.

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

  • summary of Not To Keep;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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