Analysis of Sonnet 5 - I wandered out a while agone,
George Wither 1588 (Bentworth) – 1667
I wandered out a while agone,
And went I know not whither;
But there do beauties many a one
Resort and meet together,
And Cupid's power will there be shown
If ever you come thither.
For like two suns, two beauties bright
I shining saw together,
And tempted by their double light
My eyes I fixed on either;
Till both at once so thralled my sight,
I loved, and knew not whether.
Such equal sweet Venus gave,
That I preferred not either;
And when for love I thought to crave,
I knew not well of whether,
For one while this I wished to have,
And then I that had liefer.
A lover of the curious't eye
Might have been pleased in either,
And so, I must confess, might I,
Had they not been together.
Now both must love or both deny,
In one enjoy I neither.
But yet at last I 'scaped the smart
I feared at coming hither;
For seeing my divided heart -
I, choosing, knew not whether -
Love angry grew and did depart,
And now I care for neither.
|Scheme||ABABAB CBCBCB DBDBXB EBEBAB FBFBFB|
|Poetic Form||Etheree (30%)|
|Metre||1101011 0111110 111101001 0101010 01101111 110111 11111101 1101010 01011101 1111110 11111111 1101110 1101101 1101110 01111111 1111110 11111111 0111110 0101010011 1111010 01110111 1111010 11111101 0101110 11111101 1111010 11010101 1101110 11010101 0111110|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||6, 6, 6, 6, 6|
|Letters per line (avg)||24|
|Words per line (avg)||6|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||143|
|Words per stanza (avg)||37|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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