This is an analysis of the poem Pax Britannica that begins with:

Behind her rolling ramparts England lay,
Impregnable, and girt by cliff-built towers,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb dede fXfX acac fXfX gbgX hchc edeX ieie bfbXXgggg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0101011101 01001111110 1001110111 01110 010110111001 1011010101 1101101001 0101 11111100001 1001011101 1001011111 0101 1100010111 0101010001 1111110101 10110 1101111101 1001010101 1011010101 0101 1101010111 0101011111 11010100101 10110 1011010001 1001110111 1111011101 1111 1001100101 1011010101 110100100001 1101 0111110101 1111010001 1001000101 010010 1101111101 1110011111 1111110111 1111 1111010111 1101111111 1111110001 11010 1101110101 1011011111 1101010101 1011
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 158
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; her, his, and, they are repeated.

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

    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 Pax Britannica;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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