This is an analysis of the poem Before Parting that begins with:

A MONTH or twain to live on honeycomb
Is pleasant; but one tires of scented time,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabb cbbcdd beebff bdgbgd dfXdhh igdibb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0111011101 01011100101 1101000101 1111010111 101111 1101010101 1101111011 1001010000 0101100101 0111111111 1111001011 101111 111111011 1001010101 1011111100 1101111101 111111 1111000101 1111101111 1101011111 0100110100 0101110011 1111101100 101110 1101010111 1101111101 1111101101 0111110101 111101 1111010101 1111011111 1101010111 11010010011 0101011111 1111110111 110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 243
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; of, love, and are repeated.

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