Analysis of We and They

Rudyard Kipling 1865 (Mumbai) – 1936 (London)

Father and Mother, and Me,
Sister and Auntie say
All the people like us are We,
And every one else is They.
And They live over the sea,
While We live over the way,
But-would you believe it? --They look upon We
As only a sort of They!

We eat pork and beef
With cow-horn-handled knives.
They who gobble Their rice off a leaf,
Are horrified out of Their lives;
While they who live up a tree,
And feast on grubs and clay,
(Isn't it scandalous? ) look upon We
As a simply disgusting They!

We shoot birds with a gun.
They stick lions with spears.
Their full-dress is un-.
We dress up to Our ears.
They like Their friends for tea.
We like Our friends to stay;
And, after all that, They look upon We
As an utterly ignorant They!

We eat kitcheny food.
We have doors that latch.
They drink milk or blood,
Under an open thatch.
We have Doctors to fee.
They have Wizards to pay.
And (impudent heathen!) They look upon We
As a quite impossible They!

All good people agree,
And all good people say,
All nice people, like Us, are We
And every one else is They:
But if you cross over the sea,
Instead of over the way,
You may end by (think of it!) looking on We
As only a sort of They!

Scheme abaBabaB cxcxabab dedeabab xfxfabab abaBabaB
Poetic Form Etheree  (23%)
Tetractys  (20%)
Metre 1001001 100101 10101111 01001111 0111001 1111001 11101111011 1100111 11101 111101 111011101 1101111 1111101 011101 1011001011 10100101 111101 111011 11111 1111101 111111 1110111 0101111011 111001001 1111 11111 11111 101101 111011 111011 011011011 10101001 111001 011101 11101111 01001111 11111001 0111001 11111111011 1100111
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,178
Words 235
Sentences 22
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8, 8, 8
Lines Amount 40
Letters per line (avg) 22
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 177
Words per stanza (avg) 46
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children. more…

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