This is an analysis of the poem How Many Times Have You Asked Yourself that begins with:

Finally...
You reach home....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXabcXd CAB ECEFCFAD CEFCFADD CEFCFAD dbbda CEFCFADDB CAB ECEFCFADDBXCfCFddf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,3,8,8,7,5,9,3,18,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100 111 0101110 1010101 1100011 011100 00100111111 1011010 101011 11011 1101 1101 11 110 1101 1110 1111 1000100110101 1101 11 110 1101 1110 1111 1000100110101 111101111011 1101 11 110 1101 1110 1111 1000100110101 01 11 010001 0111000101 1 1101 11 110 1101 1110 1111 1000100110101 111101111011 11110100111 1011010 101011 11011 1101 1101 11 110 1101 1110 1111 1000100110101 111101111011 11110100111 1101 11110 1101 1110 1101111010101 001011101 1110
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 172
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 67
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • 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.

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

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

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

    The author used the same word how at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines else is repeated).

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  • summary of How Many Times Have You Asked Yourself;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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