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

ONLY themselves understand themselves, and the like of themselves,
As Souls only understand Souls.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100110101101001 11101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 101
  • Average number of words per stanza: 14
  • Amount of lines: 2
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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