This is an analysis of the poem The Greatest Gift that begins with:

IF of us two might only one be glad,
Pain I’d pursue, and struggle to be sad. ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0011110101 11101110001 0011110101 10011110011 1111110011 1101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 262
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 6
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

  • summary of The Greatest Gift;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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