This is an analysis of the poem Epitaph that begins with:

Underneath this marble stone,
Lie two beauties joyn'd in one.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bb aa XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 11101001 11111110 11111010 11110101 11011111 1111101 1110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 70
  • Average number of words per stanza: 13
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; earth, their are repeated.

    The author used the same word two at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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