This is an analysis of the poem The Joyous Malingerer that begins with:

Who is the happy husband? Why, indeed,
'Tis he who's useless in the time of need;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbccaa ddbbaa eeaaffXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1001010101 1111000101 110100101010 100001001010010 1101010111 1001010001 0101110001 1011110101 111001001010 11111101010 0101011101 1101110111 110101000001 1111111101 1101000101 11010100101 11010001010 11010001010 11010101010 01010100010 1101010101 1101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 237
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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