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

They were never handsome and often came
with a hormone imbalance manifested by corpulence,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXa XXbX Xbba Xac XbXca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,4,4,3,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1010101101 001101010101100 010001111110 1111111011 1101010110010 00101011111 011110 1001010101011 01101111110 101110110011001 001 00101111011 01101001001 11101110101 111001010010 0010101101 0011000011 011111101 10101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 154
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in is repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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