This is an analysis of the poem Antigonish [I met a man who wasn't there] that begins with:

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn't there...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaBb bbccaXXaaBb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic tetrameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1010101 11011101 11010101 11111101 11111111 01110111 11110101 11011111 1011011111101 1011011111011 11110101 01011101 11010101 11111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 159
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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.

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

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

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

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

  • summary of Antigonish [I met a man who wasn't there];
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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