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

They call on the spirits of a dead man to save them.
They are on the precipice of a financial disaster....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXaXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110100011010 111010000010010 010101111110 1111011110010 1011110110100 1100111001100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 306
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 6
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; they, on are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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