This is an analysis of the poem An Hymne In Honour Of Love that begins with:

Love, that long since hast to thy mighty powre
Perforce subdude my poor captived hart,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXaabb cdcXdXX adaXXee fXfXghi djdjjXX dadaaee XcXccaa hXhXXXX jagaadX aXaXhaa bkbkkii XbXbbXX lXXgXaa dXdaXXX hXhXXXX XXaXXjj cXcccbb bjbjjXX mmmXXbb XbXbbiX hahaaaa bcbc cbX lilXXXX hfhffXX XXXXXXX XaXaabb XXhXXaa mXmlXaa anabXXX gXjXXXX dXdXXbX aXamXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,4,3,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,6,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111101101 0110111001 1101010101 1100010101 1111011101 1101011101 1111101101 1110010011 1111010011 1101010011 11010011010 1111010101 01010011100 1111101100 10011110101 10110011111 1111111001 0101001111 1011100100 1001101101 11010011001 111111101 10110101101 1111010101 10110001011 1101110100 1101110101 0101100110 1111011101 01010010001 1111110111 0101001101 0110110111 1001010011 111111101 1111001101 100110111 10011010111 1111110101 0111010101 1101010111 10010011001 1101110001 1101001111 100110010 1101011101 101111101 1011010101 111001011 1101110001 010100110 1111010111 010101010 110111100 11010101110 110100010010 110111011 1011010101 0101011101 0101101101 1111110101 0101011110 11011101010 1100110011 10110101101 1101100101 1011110010 1001110111 1111010101 1111111101 1101010101 0111011101 0111001101 1101011101 0111111001 1111001010 0101110110 0101010101 1101010101 1010010010 10110111011 1011010101 1101110101 1101010101 11011100101 1100010110 0101010110 010101111 01010100010 11110100101 1101111101 11011100101 110101010 1111111101 0101011111 1101110110 110100011 1001011110 111111111 01010100011 101110001101 0101110101 1111011001 111111100 1000101010 1101000101 11010011001 1010001101 1011010010 1101011110 110111100001 1101101001 1101100101 010110111 1110011001 010011101001 1101001101 11111100101 1111111001 11010101001 11001011001 11010101001 11111101001 1101011101 11001110101 01001000101 1111111101 10010011001 0111011111 1111110110 1111111110 1100010011 1101110011 0111011111 1101101111 10111001110 01011100101 11000110001 111001100 1101111101 1111011101 0111011101 0101110111 11100110101 1001010011 11100010001 111101111 1111010101 10010101001 1111110101 11111010101 1101010011 1011011101 0101111101 1010101111 01110011010 01010100101 1100110110010 11011101100 1111110110 1111011100 1011110101 11110011111 1111010101 11011010101 11001010001 1101010110 11110111001 111100100100 1101110110 01010100100 011101100 11001110101 1111011101 1101111110 11010111 1001100101 1101100101 0101010101 1101110001 0011110101 1101000111 0101110110 011110110 11101010101 0101011001 1101010010 1111010101 011100101 100101110 10110100110 10100111010 1001011111 0011110110 1101010101 01010011001 1101000101 101101100 1111010000 1101011101 111101100 1111010010 110111011 010101100 11111110010 0101010110 11000110010 01101101101 111110110 11010110101 1111110101 111111011 1101110011 11111100011 010110101 1011000101 111111100 111100101 1111010010 1111110101 11010101001 1101111011 11110101010 01010001110 110111011 11011111010 1101011111 11111101110 11111110101 0111001001 1001000101 111000011 010101010010 11001000101 011010110 11110111101 0101010110 10111101110 1111010001 110011010110 100110110100 1101011010 1011111110 011110101 1111110000 1100110101 1101011101 1011100101 111001111 1111100101 1110010100 0110111001 0101011101 100101101 11011101001 010111011 1111011110 1101011101 010101101 01100010010 0101110111 01010010001 0101010001 0101110111 1101010101 101111111 110111010 110011100101 101101010 110100100 1111011101 01011101001 1111111101 10110110110 1101011001 1101110101 01111100110 11111100100 1110111101 1101000100 0101110101 11111101001 010111101 010101011 11110100110 0111010010 1011010111 1101010111 1001010101 1101100101 1011001101 1011110111 11010110110 1111110111 11010111101 011110011 01010111001 111110010 111111011011 1111001101 1111010101 11001110101 1101011111 1101110100 1111110111 1111100101 0101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 45
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 297
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 307
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; to, your, of, and, his, he, they, their, it, be, all, what, thou, through, that, thy are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words and, for, the, there at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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