This is an analysis of the poem Initially Played that begins with:

An enticing game initially played...
Is beginning to leave very few, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: aXXXaXbaaccbXbbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101001 001001101 101101 1101010 101110101 10100100 1001000100 11101 11101 1011100 010101 00010100101 11000101000100 1000101001 01010010001001 11010110010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 541
  • Average number of words per stanza: 83
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

  • 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 Initially Played;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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