This is an analysis of the poem Is It Best? that begins with:

O mother who sips sweetened liquors!
Look down at the child on your breast;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbXaca dcecXddX cfXfebXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111010 11101111 110011011 11101101 1110011010 10010001 0010111110 101101111 1111010010 01101001 1111010110 11001001 1111111110 101011011 1010111010 111101001 110010011 111011001 100111010 11100011 1111010010 101001111 110011110 11101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 313
  • Average number of words per stanza: 61
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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; of is repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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