Please explain the form of verse of "It Ain’t What You Do It’s What It Does To You" by Simon Armitage. Is it blank or free verse?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

“It Ain’t What You Do, It’s What It Does To You” is a poem written by Simon Armitage. In his poem, which is written in the first person, the poet reflects back on his life. He looks at the various things he could have done in his life but never did. For example, he has “not bummed across America,” nor has he “padded through the Taj Mahal.” Instead, he lived a fairly sad life in Manchester.

The poem is written in five stanzas. Each stanza consists of four lines, which makes the poem at first appear like a fairly traditional and conventional poem. However, when looking at it more closely, one quickly...

(The entire section contains 327 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on