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

YOU think it horrible that lust and rage
Should dance attention upon my old age;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101001111 1101001111 1011011111 1111011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 165
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 4
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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