This is an analysis of the poem To His Wife that begins with:

O Pure of soul, and fond and deep of heart
For those who darkened be, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb Xbcb XbdB XbbB Xbab cbdb abXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1101111101 111100 1111011111 1111 1111010111 011100 0101111101 1111 1101010101 100111 110101111 1111 0101110101 1100110 11010100101 1111 11111101001 00101001 1111011101 1111 11001110111 010101 1110010111 1111 1101011101 110010 11110011101 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 137
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; and, for, thou are repeated.

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

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