This is an analysis of the poem National Trust that begins with:

Bottomless pits. There's on in Castleton,
and stout upholders of our law and order...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabac a caXbXb XX X XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,1,6,2,1,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001110100 11100011110 1110111001 111010110010 11011111111 11000101110 1100010101 01010100010 11101011100 11001011111 1100110011 1101011100 011101001101 1111010101 1111001011 10 110011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 119
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; and is 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 National Trust;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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