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

Hurrah! I'm off to Finistere, to Finistere, to Finistere;
My satchel's swinging on my back, my staff is in my hand;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: XabacbcX dedecbcX XdXdebeX ededcbcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101010001000100 11010111110011 1101001111011111 11010101010101 110111001110101 11010100010101 1101110011100101 01010101010100 1110010011110111 11000100010101 1111010111000111 11010111110101 1111011111011101 11110101110101 1111010111000111 11110101110100 1101010011011111 11011101110111 1101011011110100 11010101111101 1101010111111111 11010011110101 1101111001011101 010010001110100 1111010001000101 01011101010101 0101010111010101 11010101011101 0101000101000101 01010111010111 11110101110111001 11110100110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 497
  • Average number of words per stanza: 94
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, my, finistere, i'll, and, you, would, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i'll, and, of are repeated.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by Robert William Service