This is an analysis of the poem Holy Sonnet Xii: Why Are We that begins with:

Why are wee by all creatures waited on?
Why doe the prodigall elements supply ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaXXbacddcXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111110101 11010010001 11101101111 101100010 1111001100 1111111100 01010111111 11111101101 10111011111 1111110100 110101010101 0101011101 11010111101 1101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 626
  • Average number of words per stanza: 110
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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

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  • summary of Holy Sonnet Xii: Why Are We;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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