This is an analysis of the poem It Might Have Been that begins with:
We will be what we could be. Do not say,
'It might have been, had not this, or that, or this.' ... full text
Elements of the verse: questions and answers
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- Rhyme scheme: aXaX bcbc dddd XeXe
- Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
- Closest metre: iambic pentameter
- Сlosest rhyme: rima
- Сlosest stanza type: tercets
- Guessed form: blank verse
- Metre: 1001110111 11101101111 1111100101 110110 1011111111 11010110001 1111110111 111101 1011111111 0011111001 1101010111 111111 1111011111 011111101 1101111111 110110
- Amount of stanzas: 4
- Average number of symbols per stanza: 164
- Average number of words per stanza: 33
- Amount of lines: 16
- Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
- Average number of words per line: 8
Mood of the speaker:
The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.
The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.
The author used the same word we at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.
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