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

How often have I started out
With no thought in my noodle,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcXcX dcdcbebe ababfXff gcgccaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011101 0110110 11011101 1101110 11010011 1111100 01010001 0100110 01010101 0101011 11011101 0101111 01010111 0101010 11110111 1111010 11011101 0101010 01010101 1101110 01011111 010111 11010101 0111010 11110101 1111011 11010101 1111111 11010101 0111010 11110101 0100110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 248
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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; and is repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines me is repeated).

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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