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

When young I was an Atheist,
Yea, pompous as a pigeon...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcXcX dedeXXXX fgfgdhdh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111100 1101010 11010011 0101010 11110111 11001010 1110010101 11111000 01011111 0100110 1110011111 1100010 01010100 11000100 10011100 0100110 11110101 0101110 11111101 1101110 111101001 010001 01010111 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 424
  • Average number of words per stanza: 66
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, at, be are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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