This is an analysis of the poem At Shelley’s House At Lerici that begins with:

Maiden, with English hair, and eyes
The colour of Italian skies,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccX ddeeeX ffaffa ggffff ggfhhf ddegge cchffh ggfiif ffgjjg eegXXg aabaab aakeek ffffff aaXffX llmnnm llehhe bbceec ddoggo aagffg ppkddk ffbhhb fXjddj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010111 01000101 111101 11110101 110111001 1001110 11011101 11011101 010101 11001111 11001101 111110 01010101 11011101 110111 01010101 11011111 011111 11010101 10000101 110101 11011101 01000101 010111 01010011 11011101 111111 11011110 10100101 110111 11110111 01011101 1101001 10111111 11101101 101101 01011101 11011111 010101 11110101 11010011 011101 10010101 01110111 010101 100101001 00110101 111111 11011001 11010011 110001 10111111 110100101 110001 111100101 10111101 010101 11011101 01010001 010001 11111111 01010111 111111 01011101 0111001 0100001 11000111 01011111 101101 01100111 11110111 111101 11111101 11011101 111101 01010101 01010101 10100111 11011011 01110101 1011110 11010101 1100100001 1100100 11011111 01110101 0101001 11011101 11010101 010001 01001001 01010001 1100101 11010001 010010101 1101001 11111111 1101001 0100001 11010111 11110001 110101 11000101 11011101 111101 01011101 11001101 010101 01010101 11011111 110101 11111111 11010111 010001 10110111 01010111 110001 10100111 11001101 111101 11000111 01011101 110101 01010111 110001101 111111 11001101 101111010 011111 11110111 110101111 1010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 198
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 132
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word '' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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