This is an analysis of the poem Strong Beer that begins with:

“What do you think
The bravest drink ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb CcCbcccb DdDbeXeb ddffgg hhddaaiibbee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,8,8,6,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111 0101 1001 1111 10011101 101101 10011101 10100 1010011 110011 1101001 01011 100111001 1001101 100111001 010110 110101 110100 110101 1111 111111 1110101 0111101 1111101 11101 1011101 110111001 10111101 11111001 1111101 10111001 010010101 11010001 01010101 11010111 10011101 11011111 01110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 221
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 38
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; everything, for, one, every are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word there at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines one is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word me at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase everything connects the lines.

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

  • summary of Strong Beer;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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