This is an analysis of the poem The Choral Union that begins with:

He staggered in from night and frost and fog
And lampless streets: he’d guzzled like a hog ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc dddd eeffffgghheeXggdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,4,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100011111 1101110101 1111111111 011110101 11010010101 1111010111 0110011101 11001010011 1111100101 1101110101 10010101010 11011100110 11010101101 1011110110 1101010101 0101010001 11010111001 10010111111 1111010101 0101011101 1101010101 0100010111 11010111010 010111001010 11001010111 1101111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 298
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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