This is an analysis of the poem Just To Drift that begins with:

DRIFTING down the Harbour,
Stars on high,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbaXcdXdaaXaeafXXegeaaafXfgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 30,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101010 111 100010 111 11101110 10111100 101010 101 111010 111 11111110 11101010 101010 0010 001010 1010 10111110 110011100 101010 101 101110 1001 10111010 101010010 101010 101 100110 111 10011010 11111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 729
  • Average number of words per stanza: 126
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • 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 Just To Drift;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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