This is an analysis of the poem Ars Longa that begins with:

[A Song of Pilgrimage]
Our hopes are wild imaginings,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a XbbbcbcX dedeXXdX cfcXdbdX XededbdX afafebeX XgfgbbbX hbhbbbbX fhfhhbhX dgdghbhX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010100 11111000 1111010 11111111 1111110 11100101 1100010 11010101 1101010 01010101 1101010 11010111 0101110 01111110 1111110 01011111 1101010 01001111 11010011 01111101 1001110 11111111 1100010 11111111 1101010 11011101 1101110 11110101 1101010 11110111 1101010 11011111 1101010 11011111 0101010 11010100 1101010 11011111 1100010 1000110101 1101010 11011101 1101110 11110111 1111110 01010101 1101010 01100101 1101010 01010101 0111110 11011101 1111110 01010101 0101010 11010101 1101010 11011101 1101110 11011100 1101010 11011101 1101110 0111101 1101010 11110011 0111010 11110111 0111010 11011111 1100010 11010101 1101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 238
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 73
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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; and, we, oh, which are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words our, the, and, oh are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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