Framework for Analysing Single Texts
Overview ( Content/Context):
It was written in 1722, and it is about the death of John Churchill, the duke of Marlborough. Churchill
had a diplomatic and military career, and was a political enemy of the poet Jonathan Swift.
Statement Evidence Analysis
Rhyme scheme is
aa bb cc.
See line 3-4
It gives the poem a happy feel,
contrasting the topic of the poem,
mocking the Duke’s death.
The enjambment shows he is enjoying
making fun of the general.
Third person “His grace!” Gives the feel that the writer is watching/
observing, pokes fun at the Duke.
See line 1
The poet doesn’t want the exclamations
to be separate, he wants them all as one
sentence because it shows the rush and
surprise of the death.
The exclamation marks show surprise
but he’s not surprised about the death-
mocking the general.
“And so inglorious,
Links to the main character and
juxtaposition of the word “mighty” and
“inglorious” mocks the general
Makes the answer sound
obvious/sarcastic- mocking the general
Iambic tetrameter Fast pace contrasts the sad theme of the
poem and adds to the mocking of the