This is an analysis of the poem Coptic Song that begins with:

LEAVE we the pedants to quarrel and strive,
Rigid and cautious the teachers to be!...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a ba bCC X aa dCC X ee dCC X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101001011 1011001000 10010110101 1111001001 101011011110 11010011010 10010010010 1001001001 1101011011 1011011101 101011011110 11010011010 10010010010 1101001101 100100101 1001101011 101011011110 11010011010 10010010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 86
  • Average number of words per stanza: 15
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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; and is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Coptic Song;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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