This is an analysis of the poem A Challenge that begins with:

The luminous pages of all story prove
High love hath ending in heroic woe; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbaXXcddc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 01001001101 1111000101 11011111101 01010100101 1011011111 1011110101 1011011111 1011110101 1101111101 0101110100 1011110111 11111111001 1001011111 1011111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 626
  • Average number of words per stanza: 117
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; and is repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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