This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet Xcviii: He And I that begins with:

Whence came his feet into my field, and why?
How is it that he sees it all so drear?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbaabbacaXcca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1101001111 1001110111 1111010111 0101010101 01010101011 11001001101 11010101001 1111010111 1011110111 011100101111 01010101000 11011001111 1001111101 100111110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 603
  • Average number of words per stanza: 118
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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; his, how, it are repeated.

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

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