This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet I that begins with:

Whether we write or speak or do but look
We are ever unapparent. What we are...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcddedeff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1011111111 11101000111 1000100111 1101010001 1101111100 0011110001 111100001 0111011101 00101011001 11010111010 1011011101 11110011110 1111001111 11011010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 588
  • Average number of words per stanza: 111
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • 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; we, or, our are repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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