‘The Complaints of Poverty’ by Nicholas James uses rhetorical devices and rhyme to give the rich a good look at how unpleasant it is to be poor. James indirectly challenges the stigmas associated with both wealth and poverty, inviting the rich to treat poor people with compassion, sympathy, and generosity.
The blank verse form in this poem follows a strict structure, which allows the poet to make it even more clear that this poem is intended for a wealthy, educated, and refined audience. As a blank verse lament or complaint poem, the meter and rhyming couplets move lingeringly, forcing the listener to reconsider their opinion of poor people.
‘Love of Country’ presents a world in which patriotism is the most important virtue of all and the lack of it is unforgivable.
The poem is written in blank verse and has a variable rhyme scheme. This ensures it is easily understandable which helps present Scott's direct and seemingly urgent message.
‘Childhood’ explores the transitory moment when a child becomes aware of the passing of time, and the process of growing old.
Whilst the poem does feature some rhyme, it is the presence of the iambic meter which ensures it resembles Blank Verse.