This is an analysis of the poem Our Duty that begins with:

Yet what were Love if man remains unfree,
   And woman's sunshine sordid merchandise: ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabaaXab cdXcdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 110101011 1101110101 0101010111 1101010101 1101110111 10011100100 1101010001 01010110010 1101110111 1101011001 1011010001 1111110101 11001010111 11010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 380
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long 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; and, love are repeated.

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  • summary of Our Duty;
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