This is an analysis of the poem Our Lives that begins with:

Our lives are songs. God writes the words,
And we set them to music at pleasure;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb dXcb dbXX Xeee aXaX Xbab X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111101 1110010110 101111111 111010010 11101011001 1100111 1000111101 101111010 110110111 101011010 1011100101 1010010100 1111110111 11101110 10111011010 01010010 10100101101 11010010 11100100101 11001010 110111111 11101110 1100111001 00101010 1
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 131
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word and 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 Our Lives;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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