This is an analysis of the poem Podas Okus that begins with:

Am I waking ? Was I sleeping ?
Dearest, are you watching yet ?... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd bcbXdede fgfgahah Xbibjcjc XkXkldld ddddmnmn mjmjjiji leleoeoe deieapap mcmcjbjb lclcagag aoaoaqaq gegeekek gdgdghah dbdbdrdr ggaglqlq mnXnlhlh lglglblb dgdgirir ljXjahah Xbdbadad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101110 1011101 10111010 1010111 10101010 0010111 10011010 1110100 11000010 0010111 11101110 101110 10101010 100101 10111110 1110101 11111110 1111110 10101010 0110111 10111010 0010101 10101110 1110101 11101110 1010111 10101010 1110111 11101010 1110101 10111010 011001001 11101010 1011111 00101000 11111001 11001110 1010100 100111010 10011110 10111110 1011101 11111110 1010111 10111010 0111001 10101110 1001101 10111010 1010101 11101110 1111101 10101010 1111101 11111110 1111111 11101110 1010101 10101010 1011111 11111010 1110111 11101010 1110111 11101110 1011100 100111010 11101001 11101110 0011101 10001110 1000101 10111010 1010101 10111010 1011101 10101110 1010101 10101010 1110111 11101010 1100101 11111110 1001101 10111010 1000101 10101010 1010101 101001110 10110101 11001010 1100101 11111110 0011101 10101010 1100101 111001110 1011111 11101110 1011101 1011100101 1011101 01101011 0011101 10111110 1111111 10001110 10101101 100111010 1011101 10101010 1110101 10111110 1000111 10101110 1010101 10101110 1010111 10101110 1010101 11111110 1011101 11101010 0010101 11101010 1111111 00101010 1110101 11111110 0111101 11111110 1111111 11101110 1010101 11111010 11100101 10101110 1010111 11111110 1110101 10111110 1010111 11111010 1010101 10111010 1011101 11111010 1000101 111001110 1111111 11101110 1110111 10111010 1110101 00101100 1000101 01111010 0010101 10101010 1010101 1011110 1011101 11000000 1111101 10111110 1011111 11111110 1011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 263
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 168
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; where, and, it, that, day, seen, my, me are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words where, seen, few, was, to, scarcely, let are repeated.

    The author used the same word lower at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Podas Okus;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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