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

As they stumble over the crumbling of their foundations...
They still insist they must persist, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXa baX aaXbccb bX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,7,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 111010010001010 11011101 001110110 10110111 1010110101 01110101 110100010101 111010111 01101001010001 1010001010 1000010011 10011101 11011100 10101101 10
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 146
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; they, to are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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