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

No wrath of men, or rage of seas,
Can shake a just man's purposes;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011101 11011100 11010101 10001101 11111101 11110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 198
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 6
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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.

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

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

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