This is an analysis of the poem If? that begins with:

If I should die this night, (as well might be,
So pain has on my weakness worked its will), ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aba bcb cdc deX efe fgf ghg hia ibi bgX gjg jkj kak aca cac hjaXjaj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0111011110 1111110100 1111111111 1011111111 0011000101 11011101001 1111000111 0101010111 1111010111 1111011101 1111011101 110111110010 1111011111 1111010101 11010011111 1101011101 1111000101 0111010100 1100110001 1001011100 1011010011 1011010100 0011000101 1001000011 1100110101 0101001011 1111110001 1111111101 10110111101 101001101010 1111010001 0101010101 1101010111 1110110101 1000111101 1101110101 1111101101 1101010111 1100110101 1111000101 1011010111 0111010100 1011101011 0101011101 1001010011 1101010100 1100011001 0010011101 1101101111 11111101001 1001010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 131
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 51
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, no, should, them, to, be are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, no, nor, that are repeated.

    The author used the same words and, for at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of If?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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