This is an analysis of the poem What Next? that begins with:

Hurdles have been jumped.
Races have been won....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaX acdb bcaX XXcc cXXadda
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101 10101 1101 111001000 100101 010110 11010 110101 11010101 10101001 010101 0010111 111 10010010 11101 11000111101 11111 01011 0111 1111 00111 1010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 93
  • Average number of words per stanza: 16
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • 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; have, been are repeated.

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

  • summary of What Next?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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