This is an analysis of the poem As Life Was Five that begins with:

Portate bien,
behave yourself you always said to me....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdefgadehbeibjkkelmfnedopaojffeheafbadoeopablhohedngol ihpoopohpefgfbfp abfppbfXbpdfafbiepeocdpfpfeqobfpqphXe bfeXap eqbfameeXo mafdcabboocpadejkbmaoiiioXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 56,16,37,6,10,27,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101 0110111101 10111 11001010 1111001 10111110111 11110100 1010101 010001001010 0110110 11011010011001 0101001 101010 101011 011011 010111011101 10 10 01001 010010 111000101 1111111000110 101101101111 1101001111011 011110010100 1110 110111010 1011110101 1010011011011 111110111 0110101 1011110 101010 101011001 110 111 101010111 1110111 10101100 1010101110100 1110101111100 11110101 01010101 01101 11101 10101 1101010100110110 111101001000110 01101101101 10101101 1110 1010 110111 1100 1011 110101 1010111011 111001 111001 1010011 11100010 100110111 011101 110 1111010 101011 011000010 1101010010 10111010011001 111011111 11110011 11011 001 111011 11010 010 0110101 111001 101101100 1 100100111 0101100100010 011011001110 001111111 11 0101110011 101 11100111 111100001 111011 0100111011 101101 101110011 1101010 001010010100001 0101101 11010111 110110100111101 001 010110110 0010 011001 111001001 010011 101011010101 1 10111010011 10100011110111 111 1011101 001110111 011011 1111011 10111 1111111010 111011101 110111110 101101111 001010011 0010100111 1110011 1010111001 10011 1110100010 1 0100101 1110111110 0111011 111000110 111 100111111 1111101001 1110111001 110 1001011 1001010101 0101 01010010 11111010 110111101 101110101 10 01111 111111101 101101 101110101 0111001 0101011 111010110 101101110100 1110110110 011011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 799
  • Average number of words per stanza: 148
  • Amount of lines: 152
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, my, his, in, our, to, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words english, the, that, was, his are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines english, die are repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase english connects the lines.

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