This is an analysis of the poem The Dancers: (During A Great Battle, 1916) that begins with:

The floors are slippery with blood:
The world gyrates too. God is good...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcb ddcac eebab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 01110001 01111100 11011101 11110111 111111 01011101 11011101 01011101 01110101 111111 110111001 11110111 10010001 010111001 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

    The author used the same word the 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 The Dancers: (During A Great Battle, 1916);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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