This is an analysis of the poem Ah Me! that begins with:

When maiden loves, she sits and sighs,
She wanders to and fro;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaaXXXbbX cXccXXXddX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011111 110011 10011101 10110101 00110 1101011000 1111011000 1101 1111 1101011000 110111001 1110101 11110101 11011101 0011010 1101011010 1101111010 1101 0100 1100011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 328
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • 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 author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; she, and, heigho are repeated.

    The author used the same word when 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 heigho, me are repeated).

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  • summary of Ah Me!;
  • central theme;
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