This is an analysis of the poem Death's Final Conquest that begins with:

The glories of our birth and state
Are shadows, not substantial things;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccdd dedeaaff gbgbhhaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01001111 11110101 10110011 11010111 1011 1101 10010101 00110111 1101101 11110111 11111111 11110101 1011 1101 111111001 11110101 01010111 11111101 01110101 11010101 1111 0011 10010001 11110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 253
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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 is repeated.

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  • summary of Death's Final Conquest;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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