This is an analysis of the poem Whose Wife that begins with:

‘HARRY! what, that yourself, back to old Vic., man,
Down from the Never Land? Now, what’s your game?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd bebe adad fgfg chchXcaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111010111 1001011011 10110110111 1111011001 11110110110 1010101001 10010110010 1101111011 010101110100 1111001001 111110100100 1101011001 11111110110 111101010011 11011010010 1001011011 111001101110 1101011101 11111010110 1011111111 10010110110 1111111011 11010111010 11011001011 000101110110 1101111011 10111110010 11101101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 189
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • 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; what, and, of, you, s, for, her are repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase heard connects the lines.

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