This is an analysis of the poem She Cannot End that begins with:

WHEN unto thee I sent the page all white,
Instead of first thereon inscribing aught,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaaaaXabcdbcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1101110111 0101010101 0111010101 1101011111 1110110111 1101010111 1101010101 1101110101 1101010111 1101110111 0101100101 0110111101 10011001111 10011110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 599
  • Average number of words per stanza: 110
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; as is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of She Cannot End;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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