This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet Xviii: Why Art Thou Chang'D? that begins with:

Why art thou chang'd? O Phaon! tell me why?
Love flies reproach, when passion feels decay;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaaaaabcbcbc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 111111111 1101110101 11110100011 10110100101 1101010011 1101010111 11110100101 11110000101 1111110111 1111011101 0101010101 1111111101 1111010101 1101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 613
  • Average number of words per stanza: 114
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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.

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  • summary of Sonnet Xviii: Why Art Thou Chang'D?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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