This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet Xl: Severed Selves that begins with:

Two separate divided silences,
Which, brought together, would find loving voice;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaccadccddc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1101010100 1101011101 1101010101 0111110111 1101110111 110111001001 1100110101 11011101001 1111111111 01110011101 0101110111 11011011101 1111110111 111100010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 643
  • Average number of words per stanza: 111
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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.

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

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

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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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