This is an analysis of the poem Questionnaire that begins with:

HAVE I told any man to be a liar for my sake?
Have I sold ice to the poor in summer and coal to the poor in winter for the sake of daughters who...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaXaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110100010111 111100101011001010101010111011001100111101110 1110101110110111110101010011101 111101111110111101111001100 11101000101011111101010001110100010 111100101011111100011010110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 686
  • Average number of words per stanza: 144
  • Amount of lines: 6
  • Average number of symbols per line: 114 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 24
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; have, i, to, my, in, of, for, man, any are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word have is repeated.

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