This is an analysis of the poem Defeat? that begins with:

WHO is it speaks of defeat? —
I tell you a Cause like ours... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXaXbXbXabX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001001 1110111 01010111 00010010 11010111 110101001 1001111 11101 100101 110101 10110101 0111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 351
  • Average number of words per stanza: 69
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; as is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Defeat?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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