This is an analysis of the poem A Complaint that begins with:

YOU'VE stolen all our mushrooms !
When friends come in to tea ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abccddb Aebbffe A g d d e eXg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,1,1,1,1,1,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101110 111001 01010001 01000101 01010101 11000101 111101 1101110 111101 01011111 111100101 11010001 01111101 111101 1101110 101111 11010111 11010111 11010111 11010101 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 72
  • Average number of words per stanza: 14
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, you are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words you've, and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

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