This is an analysis of the poem Is Life A Boon that begins with:

Is life a boon?
If so, it must befall... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaccaddda aeeaddaccca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101 010101 1110011 1111 110011 111101 0101 110111 110001 111101 0101 0101 110101 101100 1111 111101 010101 1111 110100 111101 111101 0101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 247
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

  • summary of Is Life A Boon;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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