This is an analysis of the poem Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror that begins with:

As Parmigianino did it, the right hand
Bigger than the head, thrust at the viewer...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdbdadefdaaeXccaXghcciedfdccbbXjdjakidjhlfhfjdjbmnfopXajcfgkhhdfdmjdfceqdjhnrnssdcjdtpjlhbdcdfjlsl jdfdXchdcnoacmjbdfdcflplpfddmljdenjcoldjodjXfXebkoX arirodokhhlbsXbhdjpdsajcdfpcsndndfcdcXcjdkfusbnfrrpjfacj cjfjXljjlcoucnXXacccjfblfccjdakcdnfccdorikoc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 100,51,56,44,60,242,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11000000011 1010111010 1101000111001 1010100110111 1101001011010 00100100111 01101101 011000010010 0101001100011101 010110101010110 0011101101110 1010010101001 10101100100011 1000100101101 01101011110010 10001001010 0001001010 00010101 01100110111 11011010010 1010101010110 010110100001 01000110 10101000101 001001010001 1111011101 110110001010 00101011010010 0100010010101 1010010100101 0010010001110 11110101010 110101010000 1001001001100010 1100100101101100 101101011101 01001011101 10001111011 10001011 11011000010101 11001101010 01000101011100 00011110111 010011010001 11111010101 111001101 010100011100010 100111111 011101010 001010010 1111010100010 111010001 1000101101 0011010101 110111010100 1001100 1110111 100110010 110001010 110001010 0110110111 1001101011 0101101001 0110100010 10100100101 10100101011101 11010000101 101100101 1110110101 11010100111 0100010010010 01011001011 010110101 0101111 1110110010 11010010010 11111010101 1010110110 0010001010101 101011101 1101010010011 1101010111 1111000011011 10101010111 1001011010110 10100101010 01011111 10010110110 100010101001 10100011110 101000100111 01101010 1111111101010 1101101001001 1010101001110 1110010010100100 101110010 110101001110 111100101 101011001101 00110010 110011 0010110010010 11001 1101101101 1100101 0100101101010 00100010111010 1001000110 110101110101 101111101101 110110111 101100100111 0110101110001 1111110111 0010100010000100 101011101 01001010101 11111011101 1011011 0110110010010 0111011010101 0101000111110 110110110 1101011010 110101101101 10101010101 1001101101 111110111 1110010100100 10111101 1011001000100 110110011 101010101001 10011111111001 110111100111 010011101 01100110 01100110 00110110001 01110101001 00111000010110 0010110101101 101101011110010 1100111100100 010001001010101 011010100100101 100101001010 0111111101 01111101 10010010011 0110101010010 10001011011 011110010 1011000101 01011001 10100111 11000110101 1111101 01110111100 10111011011 0010011101 0101010011 11101010101 1001001010010100 01010100100010 01101010110 1100111 101010100101 10110101000 01001010111 1011011100001 0111110010 01100011111 10100011 1101111101 101010111101 011000101100 010101010111 100000101000111 0010110010001 01010000110101 010111011 111010101 0101001101 001110011001 110101101000 100001001000010 1100101010110100 11000101101 010001000101 011000110001 11111010100111 110011111010 011100110010 0110101111 10001000101010 11101110100010 11101010101111 10110101101 010010101011 0101011000110 1110010110100010 10010000101 101111101 1011001010 100100010010 1110010 0100100101 10011010100101 10110100101 0011010010110100 0111011101 1101011010 11110101 1100110110 101101001 001001000011 1000100111 1110010010001 00011010101110 0010101001010001000 101010110100 100000101010001 0101000100100 101111011 00101010010 10101010 0100001101 00110101010 1010000110100 0100001001010 00011010 1111011010 0111010010 0011111101 1010011001 000100110101 0100010101 100001000 10111011 111111011 11101001110 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101001110001000010 1010011100011 100010000101 011010101010 11111111 01100110101 001111010 010101101 11111001000 110011010111 0110101111 100101101010 110100101 1011110110 1001011111010 111000110001 1100101010 101011111 010001111010 111111 101110100100 111000010111 111010011 011010101010 111010101010 11110010001 1010111001 10101101101 1100101000 0101000010101 111011110 1100100010 100001110 1110100101 1011111011 100110101000100 01110101000 1111010111 10101111 010100010010 0011111101 1110010011 010011010010 00110101001 011011110010 01101110010 1010110101 0101100001110 01001011 1111100100100 0101010100100 00100100111 0111010101 0111101010 10010111010 10001011111 111100111010 110110101 10011110101010 1001010111 0111000101 1010001101 0011001110010 010010000 1100100100010 1110110100101 000111110100 1101001010001 010101010011 110010010001 1111100101010 010100101110 0111011111 01100101111 100111011011 01110100100 111101000111000 111011 0100110111 010010111 0110010011 11010101101 0110101010 0110100010 111101 111001101 10100001011 11110100110 111101 10010101101 0010010111 011011000100 001001110 011000100 01101110 10101111000101 10010000110 0010001000101 0010001000100 101101010001 10110111100 110110101101 11010111101001 1101101101010 10110101010 001001001100 10101111001 110010111100 01101001101 110100011010010 01001100101010 1010011010111 0101101001 10100100101 001000011 1100001010 101101100101 0001000001011 1010011 010110101 11110010100 00010011101101 10100101011 1101001110101 001101110 0101011011 10010100010100 110100101101 11001111010 1011010010111010 11001101 1011101101 101000010010100 101111 11100111001 111001011011000 011001010000 11101011110 1010110101 010010001000010 00010110111 10101001101 0010001010100 110100011010 1010010010101 101010110010 00101001011010010 1011001011101 11100111 11010101000 1010100110011 001011111 101000101 100110110010 11010010010 011111010 0010101101 11010101001 10101010111 110001111101 100110111 110111110 10101011110 11111001011 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  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 3979
  • Average number of words per stanza: 712
  • Amount of lines: 553
  • 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:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it, of, on, there, no, in, and, they, you, where, that, we, as, to, he, creation are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words is, the, a, but, and are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines portrait, there, it, things are repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases there, tomorrow, it connect the lines.

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  • summary of Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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