This is an analysis of the poem Loving Henry that begins with:

Henry, Henry, do you love me?
Do I love you, Mary?...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Abaabccb Abccbaab abddbeeb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101111 111110 11110101 00101 1111110 0101 1101 101100 10101111 111110 11011101 1101 0011010 0101 10111 1011010 101011111 101110 11010111 1111 0101010 1111 1111 1111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 191
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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; you, and, so are repeated.

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

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

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

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