This is an analysis of the poem Do I Look Surprised? that begins with:

You say you did not know 'this' was in me?
As I recall, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AXbXcXdXdXdbeeXeAXaXXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 22,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110111101 1101 101010101101 11011100101 1101 11001 11 110100010 01 11111111011 1101 1110110111 01010110111 10111101001 111 11 1110111101 11101 111100101 1011 111101 1100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 632
  • Average number of words per stanza: 127
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, i are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Do I Look Surprised?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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