This is an analysis of the poem Questions Of Life that begins with:

A bending staff I would not break,
A feeble faith I would not shake,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddccaaee ffgghhccii ddffjjjggkkbblljjgXmmggbnbcXjjjj Xgggddbbggdd eecciiggeX ggcc XcggccmmcXXmggiiddiiccmm eeeiiiiijjggkkeeXgccccc ffiiXggXgeecckkkXiiiicclliiggbnddccciii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,8,10,32,12,10,4,24,23,39,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011111 01011111 11010101 01011111 11110101 01010101 11111101 010100101 11010101 11011111 11010111 01010101 11010101 010100101 11110111 11110111 01011110 01010100 01110111 01110101 01010101 00010001 01010101 01010101 10010101 11011111 01010111 01010111 01000101 110011001 100110101 010001101 01010001 11010101 110100101 01110111 110111111 01010001 11010101 010100101 11010101 01011111 101110101 11010101 110100101 01010111 01100111 11110111 11010100 01010000 11110101 0101010100 11011101 100101100 0110000001 01111100 01010110 01000111 110101001 01010001 11011100 00011101 11011100 01000101 01010001 11010101 11011111 01010101 11010101 11010101 11010111 01000101 01010101 01011100 111001001 11100101 11010101 00110010 11010101 001110100 01010111 11110001 010101100 11000101 11010101 01000101 11110101 010000101 01000101 00111101 11000101 01011100 111100101 11011101 01010101 11010101 11000111 01010101 11110111 01110111 11001101 01010111 01010101 01100101 11000111 11010100 11110111 010010101 10010101 10110101 01010001 01011101 11110101 11011101 11000111 11010100 11010101 01010101 11011101 11111111 11011101 010101001 01010101 01010101 01011101 11010101 11010011 11110111 11010101 11111101 01110111 11010111 01110111 11001000 11111101 11010101 1101010010 110011101 11110101 11011111 11010101 11011101 11001101 01011101 01010111 010100111 11110101 01110101 111100111 01111101 11010101 11010111 11110101 010010011 01010101 10110101 01001101 01010011 010110100 11010101 11000110 010101001 11110101 00110011 010010001 01010101 001010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 527
  • Average number of words per stanza: 94
  • Amount of lines: 167
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • 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, from, and, in, what, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, the, i, oh are repeated.

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  • summary of Questions Of Life;
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