This is an analysis of the poem The Vanity of the Dragonfly that begins with:

The dragonfly at rest on the doorbell—
too weak to ring and glad of it,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdefbeXagXXfgdXcg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0100111011 11011100 1110110 10010011100 011001110101 011100101 01110101 1001000111 11110100011 0101010101111 10101010010011 11011111101 011011010110 111110100111 01001001 101110110 11110101 10101100010011 101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 794
  • Average number of words per stanza: 149
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of The Vanity of the Dragonfly;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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