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

Ye are the Great White People, masters and lords of the earth,
Spreading your stern dominion over the world's wide girth.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccbb ccddXeee ccffcccc ffggXXhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11011101011001 1011010100111 11110101101001 011110101101111 10110100100101 111011101110111 1111101000100111 1110110101111 1010110101010101 100101011001001 010011101100111 10101010110101 10111011011111110 101011010111111 111011010100101 1111000101111101 11001010111101 110111101010101 110010101011101 11110011110100 111110111001001 11110010110101 11110110011101 111011110110111 011101101001101 0001010010100 11010101000001 001110100011111 111111111011101 101001110111111 11011100100111 110110101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 514
  • Average number of words per stanza: 93
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 63 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; your, of, they, and, their, to, man's, white are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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