This is an analysis of the poem The Choirmaster's Burial that begins with:

He often would ask us
That, when he died,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdcbaaeedaXeeX fgfghhXXiiiXgiihhg gddgdjadajkkXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,18,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111 1111 1010110 0111 010110 1101 101111 11011 1101 1011 01111 01111 110 101111 01011 10100 11111 101011 11001 11101 111010 111010 11101 01111 11101 010011 10101 011011 11101 11011 101110 011010 110010 01101 11111 101011 01011 11101 1101 101110 01001 01101 101011 10110 0101 101001 101011 11111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 272
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • 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 Choirmaster's Burial;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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