This is an analysis of the poem Selfish that begins with:
I am selfish in my wishin' every sort o' joy for you;
I am selfish when I tell you that I'm wishin' skies o' blue...
Elements of the verse: questions and answers
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- Rhyme scheme: aabbcC ccddcC
- Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,
- Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
- Сlosest rhyme: couplets
- Сlosest stanza type: tercets
- Guessed form: unknown form
- Metre: 1110011010011111 111011111010111 10101100011010101 111011101010111 111011101010110 111001101110101 1110011010010011 011010111010101 101001111110101 11011111111011 111111101010110 111001101110101
- Amount of stanzas: 2
- Average number of symbols per stanza: 365
- Average number of words per stanza: 75
- Amount of lines: 12
- Average number of symbols per line: 60 (very long strings)
- Average number of words per line: 12
Mood of the speaker:
The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.
The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, i, an' are repeated.
The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, an' are repeated.
The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.
The poet repeated the same word me at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.
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