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

Não era belo, Maria,
Aquele tempo de amores,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXbaa bXXXXX aXaXXX aXaXaa XXbXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010010 10110100 10110110 1001010111 11010010 10 110110110 110110 11110100 1110100 011010000 10 110100010 10010100 01000100 111101000 10011100 10 1010110 1111110100 101010010 10101000 1001000010 10 11111100 1001100 1110110 1010100 101101100 10
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 133
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 21 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; o is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words quando, o are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Quando! ?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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