This is an analysis of the poem Windsor Forest that begins with:

Thy forests, Windsor! and thy green retreats,
At once the Monarch's and the Muse's seats,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccccddeeffggggaabbffbbeeggeehhiiffffbbhhggbbbbffeebbeeffeeddXXXiffbXXhffeejjgghhbbffeebbffhhbbbbgghhiihhbbbbffbbffggiikkXbXfgglliiffffffggffbbiiffeehhmmffeeeeeeffeeffhheeiibbffnnggbbaabbeeiiffeeiiggaaiiXbbbbbeebbbbiibbiibbXbkkoobbbbbbbbXXggiXffffbbddf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 432,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101011101 1101110101 0111001101 01101110111 1001111101 1111010101 0101010111 1001011101 10110100101 1001010101 1111011101 1111010101 1101010111 11010100001 1100010011 1111110101 11010100101 1101110101 1111010111 1101011101 11010111001 1101111101 1011010101 1101010101 1011010101 1101010101 1101011101 1101010101 11001011101 0101010101 1111010111 1101011101 1101010101 1101010101 1111010101 1011011101 1101010101 11010110101 1101010101 1101010101 1100110101 111101011 1101010101 0101010101 0101110101 11110010111 1101100111 0101010111 1011110111 11010010001 1101110101 1101000101 0111010101 1101111101 0101011111 11001010101 1101011011 0101001001 1101110101 1100110111 1101010101 0101010111 1101011101 11010010101 0111000101001 01110101110 01010111010 0101110101 1101010101 10101010101 0101010101 11010101010 1101010101 10101100111 11001110101 1101010101 1101011101 0101000101 1101110101 0111011001 1101010101 1101011101 1101010101 1001010101 0101110011 1101010101 1101101101 10101010101 010101101001 1100110101 1100100101 0101110100 1101110111 1101010101 1101010101 1011110101 1101010101 1001110101 0101010101 1001110101 1101010101 11111100001 01111010101 11010010101 1011110101 11001010101 1101011101 1111010101 101110110001 1101100101 10010101001 1101010101 10011101001 1001110101 11010101001 0101110101 0101010101 0101111101 1111110101 0111110101 0101110101 11010001001 1111110101 1101110001 010111001010 11110010101 11010101100 1101010101 1101110001 1011010101 1101011101 0101010101 1101011101 1111110101 01001010101 1101010101 0101010101 01010100001 0101110101 1101011101 11010100101 0111010101 0101010101 01010110001 1110000101 11001000101 11010101001 0111000101 11001010101 10111101001 10101010101 1101010101 1111010101 11011010111 1011110101 1101010101 11011010101 1111010101 11010010101 10101010101 1101011111 1101011101 1110010101 0111110001 1111110101 10001110101 1101010101 01001010101 0101010111 1111011001 10010101001 0111111111 1101000101 1101010101 1101010101 0101001101 0101010101 1001010111 01011000101 0101010101 11111100010 01010101010 11110100111 1011010101 1111001101 11011101001 10011101001 11011100101 1101010101 1101010111 1101110111 0111010101 1101010101 1101110101 0111011111 1101010101 1101111101 11001110011 1111100101 1101111101 1111010111 0011010101 0101010101 1101011101 1101010101 1101011101 00110101010 1001011001 1001010101 0111010101 0101000101 1101110001 0011010111 1101010101 1011110101 110101110001 1111000101 0101101101 1101110101 1101011101 11001010101 01001010111 1111111101 11110110111 1101110101 1101010101 11110101100 0101001101 1101010101 1011111101 1101011101 1101010101 1001101101 0101010101 1011101101 1101110101 11001011101 0101010111 1101010101 1011010101 0101010101 1101010101 1101010111 10101110001 010110011 01011111010 1101000101 0101000110 1001000101 0101010101 1111011101 1011100001 0101010101 0101010101 110111001010 1100110101 1101111101 110010111101 1111100101 0101010101 0101110101 1111011101 1101010111 1101011111 1111010101 1111010101 1101110101 1111010001 1011010101 1011010101 1101110101 1011010111 0101110101 1101111101 11010101101 1101011101 1111011101 0101110101 1101010101 1101100101 1111011101 1101001101 0101010101 0101000101 1101010101 1101010001 0111010101 1111000101 1101010101 1001000101 10010100101 1001110001 0011010101 00110111010 1001110001 1101110101 1111110101 1111010101 1111010101 0101010101 0101010101 1011011101 11111101001 0101010101 1001110101 1101000101 1011110101 1111010101 1101110101 1101010101 11001010101 1101111101 111010100101 0110000101 0101110111 110110101110 1101011101 0101110101 11101111001 1111110111 1101010101 01010101010 0101000101 01001010101 11110111010 1101011111 0111000101 1101010101 010100111001 0101010101 10101010111 01010110010 0101010101 1111010101 0101011101 1101010101 1011000101 0101010101 0101110101 0101010101 1111010101 1101110101 0101010001 0101010101 1101110101 1101010101 1001010101 0111010001 0101110101 1101110101 1111010101 1011110001 1101110101 1101000111 1101010101 11010101001 0101111101 1101010101 1111100101 1011100111 1101010101 1101010101 1101010101 0101000101 1111110101 1101110101 1111110101 1101110101 01010010111 0111100101 0101110111 1101111101 01101010111 10111100101 0101010101 1101010101 1111111101 1101011101 11010101011 0111000101 1111110101 1101010101 1111011111 1111010011 1101010101 0011000101 1101110101 1101110101 1101010111 1111111101 1101111101 0101010101 0101010110 11010100101 0111111111 0101111111 1101001101 1111010101 1101110101 1011110101 1101111101 1101011101 1101110101 11110111010 1111110101 1101110011 10110001101 1111111101 0111010101 1101010101 1111010101 0101110101 0101110101 1101010101 1101010101 01010101010 1101001111 1101010101 1101010101 1101011101 11111010001 1011010101 0101110101 11010100101 1101010001 1011010101 11010101001 1101000111 1111011101 1001010101 0111100101 1011110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 19545
  • Average number of words per stanza: 3345
  • Amount of lines: 432
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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, in, from, his, at, her, now, no, so, whom, me, i, to, th', our, their, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words here, the, a, now, no, whom, i, to, his, and, tho', 'till are repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase there connects the lines.

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  • summary of Windsor Forest;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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