This is an analysis of the poem Ad Finem that begins with:

Britain! Our Britain! uprisen in the splendour
Of your white wrath at treacheries so vile;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba Xcdc bXbX ecec fgfg dgdg XhXhXeheh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101000010 0111110011 10110111010 0111111111 110111010100 0011010101 001101011100 0111010100 11010101010 1001101100 101011110110 1011010100 11010100010 1011011101 10010111010 110111101 11011101110 1101111111 11001111010 10111101001 10010011010 1111110101 10011101110 0101011101 100111011000 0011010101 10111011010 1101011100 10111101010 1111010101 11110101010 1001111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • 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:

    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; better, and, for, has are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words better, till, for are repeated.

    The author used the same word take 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 Ad Finem;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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