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

Is it a virtue, as the sages say,
The 'trivial round and common task' to ply,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaaaaa bbcbbc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 0001010101 0101110101 1111010101 1101010111 1101010001 1111010001 01010100111 1111010001 1100111101 1101010011 1101011101 1110110111 1111010111 1101101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 293
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words our, no are repeated.

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

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