This is an analysis of the poem Artist's Life that begins with:

Of all the waltzes the great Strauss wrote,
mad with melody, rhythm--rife ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaX caca dede fafa gbgXXegeg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010100111 10100101 0010100101 110100100 011101101 111110101 1110101101 0100111 0111100101 011101111 1011100111 111101 0111100101 010101101 111011101 11101001 011101111 011101111 110101011 110100100 1001100111 11001111 1100101111 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 159
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; my, and are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word it 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 Artist's Life;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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