This is an analysis of the poem Last Wicket that begins with:

Yes, Mr. Long-stop, it's a tiresome stand:
But on the score-board, look, the end is plain....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11011001001 1101110101 1101110111 1101111101 01011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 194
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 5
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; your is repeated.

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

  • summary of Last Wicket;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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