Analysis of Be My Compass

Alan S Jeeves 1951 (Lancashire)



I am reckless, you are wise
I am feckless, you advise -
Tell me all you will...
Show me all your skill.

I am foolish, you are gifted
I am mulish, you're unscripted -
Tell me where I'm wrong...
Show me I belong.

I am worthless, you are rich
I am mirthless, you bewitch -
Tell me all you know...
Show me where to go.

I'm pragmatic, you are wary
I am static, you can vary -
Tell me your mind...
Show me your kind.

I am plain, you are sculptured
I'm arcane, you are cultured -
Tell me of your faith...
Show me your wraith.

I'm astray, you are found
I'm midway, you're profound -
So tell me what to say...
So show me the way.


Scheme AABB XXCC DDEE FFGG HHII JJKK
Poetic Form Quatrain  (83%)
Metre 1110111 1110101 11111 11111 11101110 1111010 11111 11101 1110111 111101 11111 11111 10101110 11101110 1111 1111 1111110 111110 11111 1111 101111 11101 111111 11101
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 597
Words 127
Sentences 12
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
Lines Amount 24
Letters per line (avg) 19
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 74
Words per stanza (avg) 21

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Half of a dozen quatrains from 2019

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Submitted by AlanSJeeves on July 18, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Alan S Jeeves

Alan S Jeeves is a Lancashire (England) born, Yorkshire based classical poet. more…

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