This is an analysis of the poem When I Met My Muse that begins with:

I glanced at her and took my glasses
off--they were still singing. They buzzed...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabXaXbXXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011110 11011011 101010101011 10110110 1111101011 111111011 11101110111 10101101110 10110101100 110101100 010100011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 469
  • Average number of words per stanza: 89
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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