This is an analysis of the poem On Another's Sorrow that begins with:

Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd cceE ffcc ggcc eeeE ffaa eecc eehh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101 1100101 1110101 1111101 1110101 1111101 1010101 1100101 1010111 11011101 1110100 1010100 1111111 1010101 1011111 1011101 1110101 1010011 1110101 1011101 1111111 1011101 1110100 1010100 1110101 1011101 1010101 1110101 1111101 1110011 1111101 1110011 1110101 1111101 1110111 1111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 118
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • 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:

    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; can, never, hear, he, not are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words hear, he are repeated.

    The author used the same words can, and 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 be is repeated).

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