This is an analysis of the poem Before An Examination that begins with:

The little letters dance across the page,
Flaunt and retire, and trick the tired eyes; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba bbcbbc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 0101010101 1101110101 1001010111 1011010101 10110000111 1101010101 1001110101 1101100111 0111111111 0101110001 1101010111 1101110101 1111010101 1101001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 314
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Before An Examination;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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