This is an analysis of the poem Unto What End, I Ask that begins with:

Unto what end, I ask, unto what end
Is all this effort, this unrest and toil?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbXabbacdecde
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1011111011 0101000111 1110111111 0101111111 0101010001 0100011101 0101011101 0101100101 1101110100 0101110101 11010100101 0101111100 0100010011 1111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 584
  • Average number of words per stanza: 107
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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; and is repeated.

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  • summary of Unto What End, I Ask;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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