This is an analysis of the poem Anactoria that begins with:

MY LIFE is bitter with thy love; thine eyes
Blind me, thy tresses burn me, thy sharp sighs... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddaaeeddeeffaghhXbffeeiijjccaaeeaakkhhllaaeeaakkhhllmmaaagaaffccbbnnmmoobbiimmffccmmeeaaaaeellaaiiffbbffffbbgXffllnnffaaggmmmmXXffffaaXcppjjmmeebbXaaaaaggllaaaaffeeffmmffbbldffcceeaammjjllaabbqqeemmbbbbXebbmmffiiddeemmkkaarraaccccffccbbffmmmmaammagf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 304,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101001111 1111011111 0111110011 1111011101 1111111111 1111110011 11011101010 11111111010 1001110111 1111010111 1111011111 1111111111 110111110110 11011101110 1111010111 1101111101 1111111111 0110110101 1111110010 1011010111 1111010101 1001100011 111111111100 01011111111 11111101101 1111110111 1111010111 0101110001 11010010011 1111110101 1111011101 0100010111001 0111000001 111100100001 111001111111 01110011101 1101010111 110011101001 110101111010 11010111010 11010101111 11010111101 0101001101 1001010101 11001010111 1100010011 1111011111 11010111001 1101010111 1111011111 110100010010 101101100110 1011111101 1101111101 1011110101 1111010101 11010011111 11001001101 1111111100 1111110111 1111011111 1011011101 1110010110 0011010101 01011110101 1101010111 1111010101 1000010101 11110010111 0101010101 0101110111 0101011001 11011101111 1011110001 1101011111 1111110111 1111010111 1101110101 1111111111 1011001111 10111110111 1111111111 1111111111 1111111111 1101111111 1111010101 1101111101 1101110101 1110110111 11110100001 10110101011 0111010111 1001010001 0111010101 1111010111 110110010100 1101010111 1111000001 1011010111 10110001001 0111010101 1111011101 1111110111 10111101111 11110100111 0011001111 1111110101 1011111111 1011110111 0110110001 1111111111 1111010101 1100010101 1011110101 1111010101 11110111010 11110111011 0101010011 1101111101 0101010011 11110010111 1011110111 1101010101 11011000111 11010010101 01011100101 1111010101 10011101011 1111111111 1111010111 1011110110 1011110001 1111110100 1111110011 1101010111 1101011101 1101110101 1011010011 1111011101 0101010100 11010110111 0011101011 11110011101 1111010101 1011111111 1111011011 1111110011 11011101111 11111010111 0111010111 1101101101 111101011 1111011100 01000010001 1111011110 01001110101 0100001101 1011001101 0101010101 11001001101 0100111111 0101000011 1100110111 1101000101 0111010111 100111001 0100100111001 1010010001 11000101010 10110101010 0100110001 1001011101 1111110111 101101111001 1111110111 1011010101 11111011101 0100110101 1101010101 11000101010 111101001001 1111111001 1011010101 1101010001 1111111111 1111110101 1001110111 1111111111 1100110110 1011011101 1011101111 10110110111 11010001101 1101110111 0110101111 1101100101 11000100111 10110100111 11001111101 0101101101 1110010111 0111001111 1001010011 11111101101 1111010101 11010010101 11001110111 1001010101 10111000110 1001110001 1101010111 11001011111 001010100101 10011110001 11100100101 11010011101 11110111111 11000110111 11101111110 11011100010 10101100101 1111110111 1101011111 0111011001 11101110111 1101001111 0101010111 11110101101 01011100101 1011010100 1010110101 1101001001 1101010101 1101010111 1101010111 1111000101 00101010101 1001110101 1011010101 10110101001 1101010101 1111010101 11011010111 1111111111 1111011111 1111011111 1011110111 1111111111 0111101101 1111110101 11110101111 1101111111 1111011100 1111010111 1001111111 1111110011 1111111111 1111110001 11010111101 01011100111 1101011111 0101110101 11110111111 0101110111 011100101101 1111111111 0101111100 1001011111 111111001001 110001001000 110001001110 01111011010 11111101111 1111011101 10001010111 1101010111 0111110111 1111110011 1011110111 0101110111 1111111101 1111001101 1111111111 1011111111 111111111111 1111110101 11111111111 1111111111 11111100101 1111111111 1111101111 11011110011 1101010101 1111111101 0111011111 1111111101 0111011101 1011111101 1111010100 1101010001 1101110111 101111111 11011101101 1101010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 13795
  • Average number of words per stanza: 2610
  • Amount of lines: 304
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, thy, and, not, thee, i, of, all, with, thine, night, like, in, though, kiss, would, that, to, sweet, as, love, from, his, hath, him, her, these, he, me, borne, nor, till are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, though, thy, would, with, as, these, the, till are repeated.

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

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