This is an analysis of the poem The Gift Of Perseverance that begins with:

ONCE, as I brooded o'er my guilty state,
A fever seized me, duties to devise, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaXbXbbXccX X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11110101101 0101110001 01110001101 1101110101 1111010011 1101111100 01110111001 11111011100 111111101001 1101011101 0111111101 1101110111 11010100101 1111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 325
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines is repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase connects the lines.

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

  • summary of The Gift Of Perseverance;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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