This is an analysis of the poem To The Reverend William Bull that begins with:

My dear friend,
If reading verse be your delight,... 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: abbccddeeffccgggghhbbiicccffeeccdXXaaXh ddaajjaacchhccggkkhhllhhaaffffccjj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 39,34,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111 01010101 11111101 11111101 11010111 11010101 11011101 011111110 011011010 11011101 00110001 01010001 11010111 11010101 111001101 11111111 01110101 11010011 1011011 11110101 11110111 11010101 01011101 110101010 101001010 010101010 11110011 110100101 101111110 010001010 11010001 101010101 1011001100 10100100 110110000 11010111 01011101 111000100 0001001010 11010101 1001110011 10100101 01000101 11000111 0010101 11010101 01010101 11010101 01010001 110101001 010010001 11110101 1101001 01010101 11110011 01000101 110011001 11110111 1110001 11110111 10010011 11010101 01011101 11010101 11010111 11110001 11010101 11000101 01110001 11001101 01110101 11110101 01110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1196
  • Average number of words per stanza: 211
  • Amount of lines: 73
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; but, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, but, and are repeated.

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

  • summary of To The Reverend William Bull;
  • 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