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

That Tom was poor was sure a pity,
Such guts for learning had the lad;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXabcbc cdcddcdX efefefef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111111010 11110101 110111010 11110101 110111010 01011101 111111010 1101001 1101110111 01010101 110111111 11011111 110111010 01010111 1111110010 1101110 110111010 11010100 11110011010 11010011 111110010 01011101 110001110 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 461
  • Average number of words per stanza: 83
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; i, and, he are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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