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

Ah, well, the thing that lived lives on,
And who are we to say it nay?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dcdcee fgfggg agaXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011111 11110101 11011111 11011101 01111101 11010101 11110101 10110111 11111101 01010101 11111111 01110100 11111101 10010111 10010101 01010001 10011001 11011101 01011111 11100101 11010101 011100010 11110101 01011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 210
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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