This is an analysis of the poem Why, When Our Sun Shines Clearest that begins with:

Why, when our sun shines clearest,
Why, when our hopes seen nearest,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaabbbbb cccdeeed Xccfgggf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111110 1111110 1111110 100101 1011010 1101010 1011110 110101 1011010 1001010 1001010 100101 1111111 1011011 1101111 100101 1011010 1001110 1101110 111101 1111110 1111110 1101010 111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 238
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; why, when, our, us are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines us is repeated).

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