This is an analysis of the poem First Things To Hand that begins with:

In the skull kept on the desk.
In the spider-pod in the dust....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab cc dd da Xa ee ff gg cc bb Xf Xf hh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0011101 00101001 11101001 111101011 010010 11010010 10110110 10111001 110101 11001111 010011101 100111 0101010 1101010 1000101 1010011 101011 001001 01100100 0010101 1111001 1110001010 0100101 1000110 0110001 1001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 59
  • Average number of words per stanza: 11
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words in, or are repeated.

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

  • summary of First Things To Hand ;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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