This is an analysis of the poem Doing Nothing that begins with:

WITH the sorrow on me
Neighbours come and go —...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbacdcaeXeXfXfghghahghdiXigXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 32,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 001011 10111 111110 10111 001101 11111 111110 10111 111111 11101 1111100 10101 111110 10101 101110 11101 111010 11101 101110 11101 111111 11111 100110 00111 111110 11111 001010 10101 111010 100111 101010 10101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 788
  • Average number of words per stanza: 151
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

  • summary of Doing Nothing;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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