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

Now, my gift of crude invective is astonishingly high,
And I've quite a flair for fierce vituperation,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXabaa XcXcdd XXebff XXXXeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111010100010001 111011110000 111011101010101 101110011010 11110101110111 011010100010111 111010110011101 11111001100 111000101010101 011000100010 11010101010011 01011100011001 11110100100110 11010101010 11010101011111 11110111011 11110101010101 11010101111111 111101001111010 101011101010 10110100111101 0110111000 101010111111111 0010100100111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 326
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, with, i, of are repeated.

    The author used the same word now at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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