This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet Xc: “retro Me, Sathana!” that begins with:

Get thee behind me. Even as, heavy-curled,
Stooping against the wind, a charioteer... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbaabbacddccd
  • 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: 11011101101 1001010100 01010100101 1110110111 01110110101 110110010101 0101111101 1101110101 11001111111 1100010111 1111010101 1101011101 1101000101 1100110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 624
  • Average number of words per stanza: 115
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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.

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  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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