This is an analysis of the poem A Poet To... that begins with:

Long ere I knew thee—years of loveless days,
A shape would gather from my dreams, and pour ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccdadaee fghgii iaiXXa dadaeX cgcgaa dadaff jkjkll mfmhcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111100101 0111001111 01110000101 0011010001 1111010101 1001010011 1111001101 11010001010 1100111101 01010111110 1101010101 01001001101 1111111101 010111001 110111010 011010000101 10100010101 0101100101 1101101101 0111010101 0111011101 10110001000 1101010111 1001110100101 1101000101 1001011111 0101100101 1101011101 1111111101 1001001111101 1001010101 0111110101 0011111101 011000101001 10001010111 1111010101001 1111011101 11010111111 1110010001 1111110101 1101110110 110111010111 0101011101 1001011101 0111101101 1011010011 11110101110 111111011100 1111110001 1101111101 11001001101 1110010100 1101011101 100101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 310
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 54
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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; my, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, of are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of A Poet To...;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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