This is an analysis of the poem I Wonder What It Feels Like To Be Drowned? that begins with:

Look at my knees,
That island rising from the steamy seas! ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabaX aaccbcX ddeebeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111 1101000101 0100111111 1111010001 010111 1101110011 110101100100 1111 1101010111 11110111110 11000101110 010101 01111011010 110101100100 0111 1101011001 11110111001 0111110101 011111 1100110101 110101100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 282
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, and, s are repeated.

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

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

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

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  • history of its creation;
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