This is an analysis of the poem When Oneself Is Known that begins with:

In the finding of self,
It matters not where or when it is done....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abacb acdbd Xeeca cfbfe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 001001 0101111001 0010011 11001011 111 1001001 010010 0111110 110010010101 101111111 11011101000 00101010 10011001 100100111 1010100111 1110101 11111 1111001 11011000100 01011111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 168
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; of, that are repeated.

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

  • summary of When Oneself Is Known;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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