This is an analysis of the poem Too Severe that begins with:

Severe is the pain they keep deep in their hearts.
Severe is the agony that keeps them apart....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbXccXcc DECCCCCCaCCXDECCAbCCDECCCCCC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,28,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01001111011 010010011001 111000100111 1101 111 1100110 1101 11001 11010111000111 1110101011101 11 101 001000111 101 101000111 101 101011001100 11 101 11010111000111 1110101011101 11 101 01001111011 1010010011001 11 101 11010111000111 1110101011101 11 101 001000111 101 101000111 101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 354
  • Average number of words per stanza: 63
  • Amount of lines: 35
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    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; severe, too are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words severe, too are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word severe at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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  • summary of Too Severe;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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