This is an analysis of the poem Excelsior that begins with:

WHO has gone farthest? For lo! have not I gone farther?
And who has been just? For I would be the most just person of the... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdaXeafXgdbgeXXghefhdXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 25,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111011111110 1110111100111000 1 111101110110 11101001110011111110 10011 11110111101000111 111010111010 11101111110000101 0111101001011110 11101111110010110 1000101 110100111110100110 1 1110101001101011 11101111101111 11011 1110101001111110 0001010010101 110100011100010111101 1010100101110001011 1110101110011 1 111111101111100100 100011011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1453
  • Average number of words per stanza: 251
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 57 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • 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; who, for, i, and, has are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Excelsior;
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