This is an analysis of the poem The Last Laugh that begins with:

Horace: Epode 25
"Nox erat et cælo fulgebat Luna sereno---"...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X X abab cdcd XdXd ccXc efXf fefX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10101 101011100100101 1101110110 1000101101 011110010 11011111 011101010 11010101 010111010 11110111 11101010 11010111 111111110 01101101 111111010 01110101 111111000 11011001 111111011 11011111 110101010 11111101 110100110 11111111 110110010 11101111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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; night, you, i, and, though are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase i connects the lines.

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

  • summary of The Last Laugh;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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