This is an analysis of the poem The Blessed Damozel that begins with:

The blessed damozel lean'd out
From the gold bar of Heaven;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbdb ebabfb gXbhgh hijihi ibcbib dkakck ahhhdh aedeXe Xilibh bmnmhm ojhjdj gdcdcd haeaba bXpdad lglgXp eninhX XgapXg hhhhbX iXeded eflflf dhhXoX dgcgnX ddadadXchohhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0110011 0011010 01010101 0101110 11110001 101001010 01100101 1110001 10110101 110101 01110101 110111 01111001 101100 01011111 011100 010001101 110110 01001000 111001 101110101 110111 10010101 011101 01010011 111101 11110011 010110 11110101 111101 010100101 010101 01010111 011101 01111101 110101 01010101 110101 11010101 110101 10110101 110111 11110111 1001001 01010111 011111 101011001 010101 001101011 110111 11010111 010101 01111111 011011 01111011 1101010 100110111 1110110 01110101 1111010 111010111 110101 100100111 010111 11010111 1101001 101110101 11010011 1011101011 111111 11110011 111101 1010101001 110101 11011101 001101 110011011 111011 11010111 010110 111101000 011101 11111101 110101 110110110 110101 01110101 001100 110011011 101100 101110101 111101 01111101 110111 11110111 1111010 01111111 111101 11011111 010100 01110011 110111 1101110101 1010100 00110011 111100 10010100 1001100 100011011 111100 00011111 100101 01001110 1111101 11110101 101111 00110111 110111 10110001 111111 100111101 011111 101110001 101100 11010111 01101100 100110101 111111 10011111 011000 11011101 0101110 11110111 110111 10001110011 0110101 01001101 011111 11011111 110101 11110101 010100 11010101 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 24
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 220
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 144
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; her, years, and, not are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words her, it, we at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines years is repeated).

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