This is an analysis of the poem Courage that begins with:

CARELESSLY over the plain away,
Where by the boldest man no path...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: abXb XXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 100100101 11010111 10111101 111001 101111 101011 101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 108
  • Average number of words per stanza: 19
  • Amount of lines: 7
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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