This is an analysis of the poem King Death that begins with:

King Death was a rare old fellow!
He sate where no sun could shine;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababB bbXbB cdcdB ababXB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101110 1111111 111001110 1110111 0110111 110110010 1110101 110011000 10100101 0110111 01011010 0100101 101001010 1100101 0110111 110010110 1110111 111001110 1100111 0101 0110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 174
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his is repeated.

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

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase hurrah connects the lines.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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