This is an analysis of the poem Whoever You Are, Holding Me Now In Hand that begins with:

Whoever you are, holding me now in hand,
Without one thing, all will be useless,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcd ce fgfheadei jgkakegalba hXidak jajlial bXdilbjgadi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,2,9,11,6,7,11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101101 011110010 11111001101110 111110111100 10111011100 11101010011010 01001000101001010 11101111101101001 111010 11001101011010 01110011110100001 0111100010 110111011001010101 1110110 111101111 1111011110 1100100101 101011001101110100 10110111110111111 11100011011110110 101100101101 110001101111010011 11010 101110111011 001001101101101 1110110111011 101010101110 111101011110111 101111110111 111010100101 111011110011010 0100 1111011110 11111101101 100111111110010 100011 101111110100011 01 01011110101 100111111000111100 1 1001100100100 1111111011110011 10010011101110101 10100 10110101010111110 011 11010011111111011 11111101 11011101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 379
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 50
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, would, and, in, or, your, i, have, me, it, nor are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, who, or, nor are repeated.

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

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