This is an analysis of the poem You Are Sucha Fool that begins with:

you are sucha fool/ i haveta love you
you decide to give me a poem/ intent on it/ actually ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdefghdijkjX Xhchhckch aXhjee hbgihXha fdakafl iaghXl heiahha hf Xe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,9,6,8,7,6,7,2,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101110011 10101101001101000 1111010111 01111 1110111011010 010 1001101001001110 1111010111 11 110 11111111111 1111 111011110111 01010 11111011 111101 1111101110111 1010111 1001101001 11101 10101111101 1110101011010 1011100011100 111101111111 100110001 1100 111 11 1101 111111101 101110111100 11111010 001101100 11101011001 11111101 101101001 1101011 101011010 1111010011 11111111 111001 010111011 10100101101 11100101 1111101 111011111 11100110101000 111 10110100110 101 1111010011 101100100110101 10001 00101 0011 1110 111010101111 111011111101100 01010011011010 11110
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 231
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 67
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; you, we, my, all are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words you, we, our, all are repeated.

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

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

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