Analysis of Sotto Voce And Eyeball Roll



Very softly speaking, uttered in a drone,
it was sotto voce in an undertone.
Every word was silent, soundlessly unknown,
it was sotto voce in a quiet-zone.

No ear can discern it, hearing must disown,
it was sotto voce by the overthrown.
Only with lip-reading, uttered words are known,
it was sotto voce by expression shown.

Very subtle judgments, mimicked in a mime,
it was an eyeball roll in derisive time.
Every move was silent, haughty and sublime,
it was an eyeball roll like an oozing slime.

No glance can dismiss it, seeing can't begrime,
it was an eyeball roll as bad as a crime.
A quiet parody, like a mocking rhyme,
it was an eyeball roll of a scornful stime.


Scheme AAAA AAAA BBBB BBBB
Poetic Form Quatrain 
Metre 10101010001 11110110 1001110101 111100101 11101110101 11111001 10111010111 111110101 10101010001 1111100101 100111010001 1111111101 1110111011 1111111101 01010010101 1111110101
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 653
Words 121
Sentences 8
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4
Lines Amount 16
Letters per line (avg) 33
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 130
Words per stanza (avg) 30
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Submitted on January 13, 2010

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Wallace Dean LaBenne

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