This is an analysis of the poem Only A Sad Mistake that begins with:

Only a blunder-a sad mistake;
All my own fault and mine alone.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef dgdg hghX eaea Xabab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 100100101 11111101 010100111 111111111 10011101 1001001001 111110101 010101101 111111101 111010101 111111111 100101111 11111111 110110100 1111110111 0011101111 1111100101 00111001001 1110110111 1110111101 110111111 111101111 101110101 1111101101 0101110101 011100111 111011111 1011010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 154
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words only, and are repeated.

    The author used the same word only at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Only A Sad Mistake;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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