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

What shall it profit a man
To gain the world–if he can–...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb aacc ddee cc ff ggaaXbbcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,2,2,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101001 0101011 1101111 0110001 0100101 0101111 1110001 1101101 1101101 11100101 0010101 11100101 00101101 1100101 11100101 10110101 1100100 00100101 1111001 00100101 0100111 0111100 0111001 011001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 106
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; you, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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