This is an analysis of the poem The Problem that begins with:

Not to win thy favor, maiden, not to steal away thy heart,
Have I ever sought thy presence, ever stooped to any art;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddbbaaeeffaabbbbgghhiiddbbddffddjjaabbkkiibbhhllhhmmaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 60,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101110101010111 111011101010101 1110100101110111 101011111010111 1110111010011001 101011101010111 111110101010111 111110101110011 11111110100111001 101010100011101 111010101111101 1110111011101101 111001101111111 111011101110101 111010101010101 101111101110111 111100101110111 111100101111111 111011100010111 101111101000111 001011101010011 0110100100110101 11101110010100101 111011101110101 101100101000101 101110101111101 10111110110001 101010101010101 111011101110111 111011101110111 101010101110101 111111101011101 001000100010101 1010101010101001 101111100111111 101110111010111 111010101010011 111110101111101 111101101110111 111010101010101 001011101110101 111110111110101 111110101010111 111111101111101 111110101111111 10010111001110101 011010100110101 1110101011101001 111111101110111 011110111110101 111111101111101 0010111000100111 101010100011001 111011101110111 111011011111101 1111111010100111 1111111011100101 001011101010111 101111101110101 111011100111010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 3805
  • Average number of words per stanza: 721
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, thy, in, my, and, with, of, i, by, as, yet are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words all, i, though are repeated.

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

  • summary of The Problem;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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