This is an analysis of the poem A Pastoral Dialogue - I that begins with:

Amintor. Stay gentle Nymph, nor so solic'tous be,
To fly his sight that still would gaze on thee.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbacdd eeaa ff ggg ddaa aaeegghhXX ii a achheXhh jjkkgg lmmaaaa XXXlbbff eeeeacggffaabb iiaallffjjXXggXmnn ffii mmaammXj eeff j aclXac
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,2,3,4,10,2,1,8,6,7,8,14,18,4,8,4,1,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1001101111000 0101111111 01010111110 1001111101 1101011111 1111111100 0011010111 1111001111 1001101000111 1001010101 1011110101 1111111101 010001110101 1011111111 1001111100101 11010010111 1101110101 010110111101 1111011101 11010101101 1101001111 101110011111 1101010101 1101010110 0101111100 1101111101 1010010101 1101101111 1010001101 1101110110 11010101100 011111111101 0110110111 1011010100110 011111010101 1111110100 1101011001 1111011101 0101110111 01010100100 1101101101 1111010111 101111010111 1100010001 111110011001 1001010101 1101011101 1111110101 01 1111110101 1101101101 01011111111 1011100101 1111011001 1101110111 1101010011 1010110110 1101110101 1101100101 0101110101 1101110001 1111111001 1111111101 11110010101 1101110101 1100110101 101010100101 1111010100 01010100100 1011010111 1010011001 1001011001 1111110001 10111011101 1101010101 1011010011 1100010101 1011010101 1111001101 1110111101 1101010111 010001001 01010011001 101110111 11110010101 1110110011 1001010101 1101100110 1010011101 1101011101 1111000101 1101110010 1111011101 1101110101 1101011111 0101001101 0101110101 0111011101 110101011 1011010101 0101110101 1101110111 1111010110 1001100101 1011010101 110111110 1111101101 100101010101 11001101101 1101111101 1111101001 10011 101011010011 1101110100 1001111 1001101 1111010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 253
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 117
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; to, why, me, and, my are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word that at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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