This is an analysis of the poem Human Life that begins with:

If dead, we cease to be ; if total gloom
Swallow up life's brief flash for aye, we fare... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcXefXeffdeedXggehgghiii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 29,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0111000101 1011111111 1101010111 1111010101 1111010001 0101110111 01001110111 1111010010 1111010100 1001010100 1111111101 0101010101 1101011100 1100100100 01011100011 1111101111 0101110111 1101110001 10010101100 1101011100 1111010101 11111101010 1001010101 1101111111 1111110101 11011011001 0101010111 1111011111 1101001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1341
  • Average number of words per stanza: 221
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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