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

Arena dust rusted by four bulls' blood to a dull redness,
The afternoon at a bad end under the crowd's truculence,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXbcX XcbaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010110111100110 010110111001100 01001111011111 1 0100100011010011 100110101110100 110101101011101 110001111001111 101101001110001 101110111010101 110010101010110
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 327
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • Average number of symbols per line: 59 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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