This is an analysis of the poem If my life of bitter torment and of tears that begins with:

‘Se la mia vita da l'aspro tormento'
If my life of bitter torment and of tears...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aXaabaXXXaabXa X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,14,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111010110100 01101001101 10010111110 111111001100 100110011001 1010111110 10101011011 1010011111 10110110 111111100 1101011100 0011101110 10100101010 01111111011 1111011 0101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 221
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • 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; of, and are repeated.

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

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