This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet 16 that begins with:

WHEN I remember with what buoyant heart,
Midst war's alarms and woes of civil strife, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcacdedecec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1101001101 1101110101 0101001101 1100110111 0101010101 111110101 11110101001 1101110111 0101010101 1011010101 01001110111 10101101101 10001010101 111011110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 656
  • Average number of words per stanza: 106
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Sonnet 16;
  • central theme;
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