This is an analysis of the poem A Complaint that begins with:

Oh ! why let all these winged days slip past us!
Will you not give me leave with those dear eyes,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaa bccb adda XXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111111111 0111110111 0101011101 01010111111 11110101010 1101010100 1101001101 11010111010 11010100110 1111010011 0001111101 01011101010 11111011100 1101011111 1100110100 11110101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 171
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • 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; i is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of A Complaint;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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