This is an analysis of the poem Pain's Proof that begins with:

I think men's great capacity for pain
Proves his immortal birthright. I am sure... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef agag
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111010011 1001011111 1101011101 0101010101 1101010111 1101010001 1001110101 0101110111 0101110101 01010100110 11111011001 01011101010 0111110101 1111110101 0101110101 0101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 173
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • 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 punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of Pain's Proof;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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