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

Midway his upward unavailing course
Sate Sisyphus, his back against his load,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdeeafeXeXghXa XbXdfd feXidajbecXXbXebceeeekkjXlfb bbdbabbgbdbbbXdldibXheeh mdkbcedXhaeeemebhXljbgX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,6,28,24,23,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101010101 1100010101 1001001101 1001011101 10011111001 1011100101 010001111 1101010101 0100010000 1110010110 0101010101 10110101001 11010010101 10001000100 0101010100 10110101001 1110011101 10010010101 1001011100 1001010101 1111011001 10001010001 1111010101 010010101 1111011110 1001010101 1101010111 0100011011 1111001111 1010000101 1101010001 11010101000 1000010100 10010010010 110100111 101010101 101111101 0100010111 0101010001 1101110100 10010010001 1111101001 1001010101 110010111 110100111001 1001100101 100101011000 0101010100 1111110101 0101010101 0100111101 0101010101 11010010101 1101010111 1011011101 01010100001 1011000101 0101110101 1101011101 1001010001 0100010101 010101001010 010101001 11110100100 0100110100 1011010100 0100010101 100001101 1011010101 1101000101 1001010101 011100101001 10010010001 11000010001 11111 10001101101 1101010101 0101010101 01010000001 1011000111 1011100101 1101010000 11011000101 10001010101 1001010101 0101001001 1001010101 1011011101 0101011101 1011010001 1001010101 0001010101 0111000100 1011111101 1100010101 10010010001 110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 757
  • Average number of words per stanza: 126
  • Amount of lines: 97
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; his, now are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines love is repeated).

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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