This is an analysis of the poem Saw You My Dear, My Philly that begins with:

O SAW ye my Dear, my Philly?
O saw ye my Dear, my Philly,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXa AAXa AAXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111110 11111110 1110111011 110110010 11111110 11111110 1110111101 1010101010 111111110 111111110 1110111111 110011110
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 147
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

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

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, she, thee are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words o, what are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines philly is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word willy at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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