This is an analysis of the poem Death Be Not Proud that begins with:

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXaabbXcddcXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 101111111 1011011111 1111111101 1111111111 0111111101 1101011111 1101110111 101111100 111011111001 1101011101 11110111111 1101111111 1111110100 1110111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 692
  • Average number of words per stanza: 123
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 49 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; thou, not, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Death Be Not Proud;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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