This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet Lxxxvi: Lost Days that begins with:

The lost days of my life until to-day,
What were they, could I see them on the street... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbXcacaXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 0110110101 1011110101 1111110101 1111110001 1101101101 11011000101 1111010111 00101011010 1111011101 1111010111 1101010111 1110111101 1111101111 1110010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 602
  • Average number of words per stanza: 120
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • 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; they, or, i are repeated.

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

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