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

With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there's no chance for you, son?...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabcbc XbXbdede bfbffafa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011011110 11111111 101110010 0111001 01110011 0111001 01110011 1110101 111010110 11111001 01011011 01101011 011110110 11011101 110010110 11111011 101110011 0111001 010110011 010010101 11011110 0101110 101110010 0111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 294
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; you, hasn't, been, best, and, more are repeated.

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

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

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

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