This is an analysis of the poem All's Well! that begins with:

Is the pathway dark and dreary?
God's in His heaven!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aBaBccDD eBeBffDD cBcBaaDD cBXBggDD hBhBccDD iBiBjjDD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 00111110 10010 11101110 10010 10111110 10111110 1111 11 11111010 10010 10111110 10010 10111110 1001110110 1111 11 00101110 10010 10101110 10010 10111010 11111110 1111 11 00111010 10010 00111010 10010 11111011 00111111 1111 11 00101010 10010 11111010 10010 11101010 11110010 1111 11 111011011 10010 101110011 10010 11111110 11010110 1111 11
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 227
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; all's, well, heaven are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words all's, god's are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines well, you are repeated).

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

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  • summary of All's Well!;
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