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
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest 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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  • summary of Selfish;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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