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

(TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN)
Hello! Hello!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme:
  • Stanza lengths (in strings):
  • Closest metre:
  • Сlosest rhyme:
  • Сlosest stanza type:
  • Guessed form:
  • Metre:
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 340
  • Average number of words per stanza: 62
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, trouble, can't, see, and, what's, amiss, r, coming are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words every, to, can't, the are repeated.

    The author used the same word what's at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines trouble, air, drumming are repeated).

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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