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

Here lies one who never drew
Blood himself, yet many slew;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccbbddeeffccXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111101 1011101 10101110 10111110 111101 1111101 10101010 10101110 1111101 1111101 1010111 1010001 1011111 10101001 1010001 1000101 11101010 10011100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 556
  • Average number of words per stanza: 101
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 An Epitaph;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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