This is an analysis of the poem Karma that begins with:

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We cannot choose our sorrows. One there was... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abbaabbacXccXc X cddccddccecceX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,14,1,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1 1101110111 1100011101 1111111001 1011110101 10011110111 1111010101 1011110111 0101110011 1110110001 1111110010 0101011101 0111110101 10011011111 1101111111 1 1001010011 10111100101 1101010101 1101111101 01010010101 1111000101 1111010111 1101011101 1111110111 1101110101 1111010001 1111110101 1111111111 10101101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 321
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • 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 poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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  • summary of Karma;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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