This is an analysis of the poem Trust that begins with:

The same old baffling questions! O my friend,
I cannot answer them. In vain I send... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcbbbcabbadddeee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01110010111 1101000111 1100011101 01010101001 0101111101 1111010101 0101000111 1011110111 0101010101 10001000101 1011001101 100010001101 1111011111 1111011101 1001101000 1101100111 1001110100 110011100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 780
  • Average number of words per stanza: 147
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • 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; and, of are repeated.

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  • summary of Trust;
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