This is an analysis of the poem What Is It Now Are You Left To Believe? that begins with:

What sense is it to hold grudges against,
The one who comes to warn? ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcd dbeX CeeaeX CffcaXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,6,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1100011001 011101 01100101100 000100010 1001010111010 1011001001 11101111101 0111010010010 1001111001 01000101 1111010 1100100101 1011111001 010010110101 1001111001 1011001 111100 001011001 111111001 110100100 11010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 198
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to is repeated.

    The author used the same word what 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 What Is It Now Are You Left To Believe?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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