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

A little ray from a shaded light
A colour splash on a field of white... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaa bbb ccc ccc ccc aaaXaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010100101 010110101 110110111 010110101 010110101 110110101 010110101 011100101 110110101 010110101 0101111001 1010100101 110101101 110110111 111110101 100111101 110110101 111110101 111100101 011110111 110110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 116
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; of, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, and are repeated.

    The author used the same word a at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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