This is an analysis of the poem To Italy (1818) that begins with:

My country, I the walls, the arches see,
The columns, statues, and the towers...

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcdceaceacffcgcbbbeeXfhhiahXafjcdchheeggkklbbdahdbhaaajcbblmmbaXdiiffccbaggiifchncjaXckdfnccddXcfddiaiclcehbXbbbcccfcacbcccgigfaejleceXhXecdfbdkmX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 148,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101010101 010111010 01001110 1101011101 01010111 1101 11010101 01011101 1111011101 110111 11000101 0101011001 11010001 11110101 11010111 01100010101 1110000101 11010101 11100100 1111001111 1111010001 11011101 1011110100 0100111101 11010011 11110101 110101 111101 11110001 1111110101 11110111 100101 1101010100 11011011 1100111101 1110001 1101011111 1110111101 0101111111 010111 1101111111 0111110101 1011010100 1101001001001 1111010111 0100010101 010101 111101 1101010011 100101 01000111 11111101 110101 1111001101 1101000101 11111100 010100 11001110111 11010111 110101 01011101 11010101 11010101 1111101111 110101011 0111110101 11001111 0101110101 01110101 11010100 1001 1101011101 01001010101 11010101 01001101 0111011 01010111 10010011 111101 110011 1001010001 0101010101 11100111001 0101010101 1000110100 11111111 110101100 11011100111 010111 110101 1111100101 11001111 11011101010 11011101010 01011101001 0111010101 01011100 1111110101 101001 101101 110101 1111101 11000101 1011001 1011110111 111101 0101010111 11010101 0101110101 1101010101 11000101 00111001 0101010111 1101010001 1101011101 01010101 0111010101 01010010101 01011101 11010101 0101100101 110101 010101 110111001 1101111101 0101010111 11011111 1111111101 1001101111 0100010001 1011001101 11011100 1111000101 1110110101 0101001101 1111010111 111111 11100101 110001001 11110101 1011110011 11111101 1111110111 010001 11010101 010011 11010101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 5460
  • Average number of words per stanza: 995
  • Amount of lines: 148
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her, what, for, of, and, to, without, his are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase no connects the lines.

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