This is an analysis of the poem Good Templars' Song that begins with:

AIR-'O SUSANNAH!'
Ye soldiers in the temperance cause,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abcbdeXe c afbf bdXdacdc Xgggdbbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,1,4,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100 110001001 110110 11110100 110101 11110001 011101 11111101 110101 10 1010 111101 11110101 110101 01010111 010111 01011101 010001 01110001 110101 010111001 110100 1111100 110001 11010101 110001 11000101 110111 11011111 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 138
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

  • summary of Good Templars' Song;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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