This is an analysis of the poem I Do Not Know that begins with:

l came ,l don't know from where or how l came to be l am, or why l came ?l don't know!
l saw a path in front of me l began to walk,l must keep on...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaXbcaaddeabdXaffaeXcXAXedcAXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 32,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111101111100111111111 110101011010111110100101001010111 10110010110111101010111 111111100010 1111110100010 11111111101 1111111111 1110111111 1011001100011 0001101001 11101101001011 11111 111111111110101 1101111111110101 11010001111111111011 11111111110111 101010011101011100 1111011111100 11111101111 111010101011 1111101011110 1101000111 111110111101 111111 11111110 11110111 11111101 011100111010 111111 111000111011 11101100111 1110011111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1637
  • Average number of words per stanza: 355
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; l, or, came, know, how, to, one, they, why, saw, but, my are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words l, am, where are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines know, one are repeated).

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of I Do Not Know;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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