This is an analysis of the poem My Epitaph that begins with:

Oh, praise me now if you would please
My soul with soothing flatteries.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXabcccb ddddeeXd dddefXfe ggghgggh eeXbeeeb iiijfffj fffbkkkb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110111 11010100 10110101 1111 11111111 01010101 11110101 1111 11010111 11011111 11011101 1111 10010101 11110101 11010001 1101 11010001 11111101 11010001 1101 11110111 11011111 11110111 1001 11111111 11000101 11110101 1111 11010011 01110111 111000111 0101 10111101 11000101 11110100 1111 11110101 11110101 11110101 0011 11110100 11010101 11011111 1111 01010101 11110101 11010101 0101 11111111 01010101 11010101 1101 111101 11011111 11010101 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 235
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; and is repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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