This is an analysis of the poem Contrary Theses (Ii) that begins with:

One chemical afternoon in mid-autumn,
When the grand mechanics of earth and sky were near; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXa bcc XbX XdX aXXXddb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11001010110 101010011101 100100100101 11001111010 011101110101 011000100110 11011101010 000101010010 10100111101 10101010101 011111001101 010101100010 001110011101 01001011001 0011111010110 01001110010 0101010101 101110010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 146
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • 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 the is repeated.

    The author used the same words he, the 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 Contrary Theses (Ii);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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