This is an analysis of the poem Memory that begins with:

O MEMORY, thou fond deceiver,
Still importunate and vain,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa bcbc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110011100 1100011 010101010 11010101 1101101010 1101011 111111010 01110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 139
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 Memory;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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