This is an analysis of the poem Isaura that begins with:

Dost thou not tire, Isaura, of this play?
'What play?' Why, this old play of winning hearts!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b a b c X c X d c d c e f e f a g a g h e h e a c a c a i aXi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11110100001 1110110101 1111110111 1101111111 1101100111 0100111101 01001011111 11110011110 111010010101 1100010111 1101010111 1001110111 11110010111 0101011111 01010111001 0101010011 0011110101 0111011101 0101110001 1111010101 1111110111 1111010101 1101101111 1111110011 1101100110 01001000101 1011010111 1111010111 1101111111 1101011011 10011010111 1101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 32
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 42
  • Average number of words per stanza: 8
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; play, i, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words of, the, i 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 Isaura;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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