This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet Xxv: Can'st Thou Forget that begins with:

Can'st thou forget, O! Idol of my Soul!
Thy Sappho's voice, her form, her dulcet Lyre!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbaabbacdcdcd
  • 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: 1101110011 1101010101 11010101010 11100101101 1111010101 11010111010 111101010010 01001010101 1100110101 11101011101 1111011101 0111000101 1101010101 0101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 613
  • Average number of words per stanza: 105
  • 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 author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; no is repeated.

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  • summary of Sonnet Xxv: Can'st Thou Forget;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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