This is an analysis of the poem Look Home that begins with:

Retired thoughts enjoy their own delights,
As beauty doth in self-beholding eye ;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dedeff XdadffXdfdfdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 011011101 1101010101 11010001001 010111011 0101110101 1101111101 0101001101 0101010101 0101010101 01011101000 0101010111 1111010111 1101010100 1101010111 0101110101 1001010101 01110101010 01010110010 1111010101 1101010101 0111010011 0011000101 1001100101 1111111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 264
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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