This is an analysis of the poem First Love that begins with:

Ah, well can I the day recall, when first
The conflict fierce of love I felt, and said:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abc bda ecf gcb hXa eba ihe djX klb bbb lfb bhf aej eaa gdf eda ceX abe blb dbX fab blb kgb bka bab aXk ieg XgX jdd XaX eba Xba cab cleXh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111010111 0101011111 0001110001 0111010101 1110110100 0101010001 1111011101 1101010111 10010101100 1101111101 1101010101 1111001101 11110111001 1011110101 0101110101 1111001001 1001110101 1111011101 1101011100 1011010101 1111001111 1111011100 0111111101 0111011100 1100010101 0101011111 0111110101 1101001001 1101010101 11001010101 0100111101 0111011100 01010010101 11110011001 1111110101 1111111100 1101110101 0111100101 0101110001 1011010101 0110011100 1101011101 1101011101 0111010101 1101011100 1101010111 1101001101 0101110101 1101011101 11010101001 0111010111 1111110011 0101011101 0101011101 0101010111 1011010111 1111011111 11001100101 0101010101 10111100110 0101010100 01110100111 01001010001 1101010101 11010111110 0101010101 1111110101 0100110101 1111110101 1111010111 0101011111 1101010101 0101011101 1100110001 1101010001 11001010101 1111010101 1101110101 1111111100 1111010101 0111010111 1111010110 1101000100 0101011101 1111011001 0110010001 01011000100 0101010001 1100010011 1101010001 1101111101 1100110101 1101010111 0101011101 1101011101 1101010101 01001110111 11010010111 1001110111 1111110101 1011110101 01110011101 1101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 35
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 103
  • 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; and, that, my are repeated.

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

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

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