This is an analysis of the poem Without A Drumroll Or A Cheering Audience that begins with:

I was still in my early twenties,
When I felt I had earned my doctorate's degree....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABcXcd daXedX ABefgfX hgXhXXae
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,7,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011010 1111111100001 10111010010101 11010011100 111000100 110001001011 1011011 1111010100 110011110101 11010100010 00101000101101 111010100000 111011010 1111111100001 1001101010100 1111101101 001001010100 111001 1110100010 11100111110001 010 0100111101011 101011101 0101010101000010 011001101111 010101001101101 010001000111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 283
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; i, my, had are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i 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 Without A Drumroll Or A Cheering Audience;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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