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

To give a stronger testimony of love
Than sickly promises (which commonly ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXXbcdXaecfgXcfcXcXbdagecXabXfed
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 33,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01010101001 1101001100 0101111100 0111111101 01111000110 11010010101 1111011101 01110101001 10111101010 01101111011 1101101011 11010101110 0100101010110 1001010001 10110011111 0101111111 1111110101 1111010111 0101111100 01000110111 11010110010 1111010101 1101101110100 01010101010 0101010111 11011100010 11011111111 11111100110 011001100 0111111001 01010100110 1101010110 010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1424
  • Average number of words per stanza: 261
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, our, and, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words in, to, no are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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