This is an analysis of the poem Lxxi The Choice, I that begins with:

Eat thou and drink; to-morrow thou shalt die.
Surely the earth, that's wise being very old,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba Xcaacc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111010111 10011110101 1111111111 1101101111 1111010111 1101110111 111101111011 1111010101 1111111101 11110010101 1111111111 1100111101 1111111111 1111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 381
  • Average number of words per stanza: 63
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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