This is an analysis of the poem Whenever I Go There that begins with:

Whenever I go there everything is changed
The stamps on the bandages the titles...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aX Xb bXb c c aXXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,2,2,3,1,1,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011110101 0110100010 00010010 010010101 0110 011111110 0011 111101010010 010 110011011 011111100100100 10010010 0101011011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 53
  • Average number of words per stanza: 10
  • Amount of lines: 13
  • 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; of is repeated.

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

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

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

  • summary of Whenever I Go There;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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