This is an analysis of the poem Love's Anniversary that begins with:

Like a bold, adventurous swain,
Just a year ago to-day,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdccd ececedeed eaeafdffd X eeeeeaea eegge cehheidieedabhhaab eejjjje gkggaagkhhaaeegXk lalamdmdlbbnnh aajhjhXahhacedecdeed
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,1,8,5,18,7,17,14,20,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10101001 1010101 1111101001 110101 1001111 1110101 110100101 111010111 110101 11101001 1100111 110101101 010101 110101 1110101 010101101 1010110101 011101 11111001 10101101 111100101 0101001 111101 101101 1110101101 1010101101 110101 1 0100100101 111101101 110101101 100100101 1011000101 110010101 1010111 010100101 11101001 1001001 111001 01001 110101 11101001 11001001 01111 10101 0101101 010110010 11001001 10111001010 11001 11101 0101101 01111001 11101001 11111 10101 11101 00101 10100101 0100100101 111101101 11011 11111 1101101101 1101011001 1101101101 1010100101 01110100 0010010101 0100100111 10011111 0010101001 1100101101 111010101 101001 11011 1100100101 0010100101 100101101010 11101001010 10110111101 101011001000 1001100100 111100101 110100101 1101100101 110010101 1010101 00110101 0010011111 10010101 11110101 101100101 10110101 11010111 11011111 110101101 111101010 110111010 110001001 01011111 1010111101 111011101 0101110101 11010101 01010101 111101 010111 110100 1011101 11110100 011111 010101 111111 01011101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 324
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 116
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; and, of, to are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word helm at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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