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

Think thou and act; to-morrow thou shalt die.
Outstretch’d in the sun’s warmth upon the shore,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXaabba caXaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111010111 1000110101 1111010111 1100100111 1101110111 10111101101 1100111111 1111111111 1111000111 1001011101 1110111001 101101010110 1111111101 1101111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 342
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; thou is repeated.

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

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

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