This is an analysis of the poem The Innocent Thief that begins with:

Not a flower can be found in the fields,
Or the spot that we till for our pleasure,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd aeae afaf caca gegeXadad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1010101001 1011111110 0010001101 011010010 11011101 001001001 11111101 11001001 01001101 11001111 11011011 11111001 111000001 01000101 001001101 01001101 01111001 010010010 11101001 110011010 11011001 01011101 101001001 11101001 11101001 101001101 11111111 101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 141
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • 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 The Innocent Thief;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by William Cowper

Advertisement