This is an analysis of the poem Do You Think That I Do Not Know? that begins with:

They say that I never have written of love,
As a writer of songs should do; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbcbdbdB ededfbfB cgcghbhB hihijbjB ckckibdB dgdgibiB AlalhbgB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111011001 10100111 1111101101 00110111 11111001011 00111101 11111100101 11111111 10111111001 0111111 10100110101 10111101 0110101101 101011001 0110110101 11111111 1010110101 10100101 11101011001 11100101 0010100101 10100101 011100111 11111111 11101101101 1110101 1011100101 1111101 110101101 1011101 11110100111 11111111 1110110111 1011101 1011100101 11100101 1010100101 1101011 1100101110 11111111 111111111 1011101 11110101101 1100111 1100111001 0011101 1100100111 11111111 11111011001 1111101 110101101 10101111 1110100101 10100111 11101101101 11111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 316
  • Average number of words per stanza: 63
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; that, i, you, of are repeated.

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

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

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

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  • summary of Do You Think That I Do Not Know?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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