This is an analysis of the poem To Mrs. Marissal that begins with:

Whither, whither, wearied dove,
Wilt thou fly to seek thy rest?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbacbcabdb XbXbXdXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 1110111 10100101 1011101 1010101 1111111 1011101 1111101 1010111 00100111 1010101 1011101 11111001 1110101 1111111 1111101 1110111 1011101 0110101 111001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 327
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • 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; thy is repeated.

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