This is an analysis of the poem Helas! that begins with:

To drift with every passion till my soul
Is a stringed lute on which all winds can play, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaXXacdccdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 01010010111 0011111111 00101111001 1101010101 1011001101 1101110101 0101111100 1111010001 1011011111 0111101100 1111010101 0111100101 1011010001 1111010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 595
  • Average number of words per stanza: 113
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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