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

Wherefore in dreams are sorrows born anew,
A healed wound opened, or the past revived? ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd efefgdgD hihibdbD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10001110101 0111010101 1101111101 0101110111 11010110111 1101010001 11010010001 0101 0101010001 1101111001 1111111001 1100010111 0111110011 11011010001 0111110101 0101 0101110111 0111111101 1011000101 1111010101 0101111101 1101101101 1101111111 0101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 328
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; in, of, that are repeated.

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

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

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

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