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

NOW I make a leaf of Voices--for I have found nothing mightier than
they are,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaX bcXaX bXcbb XXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,5,5,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111010101111101001 11 11111111010100001 110001111101110 10010101001111011 10 101010011000101101 0101 1110110 10010010110100010 1 11110011011101011 0100111 1111111011010 01111101000110101 011111010001111 10001010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 218
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (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; i, and, to are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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