This is an analysis of the poem While I May that begins with:

Wind and hail and veering rain,
Driven mist that veils the day, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111101 1011101 1011101 1111111 1111011 1111100 1000101 1010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 120
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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  • summary of While I May;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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