This is an analysis of the poem 'Not Altogether Sleep' that begins with:

Blithe love, what dubious ponderings bemuse
Thy lover's mind! . . . In me thy memories are...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbacbXX ccdeed
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 11110010001 11010111001 1100110101 1011011101 011000100101 0101011111 0110110100 1101010001 11010100100 0101001101 1011010101 01011010101 1111110100 1001010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 280
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

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

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  • summary of 'Not Altogether Sleep';
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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