This is an analysis of the poem Virgils Gnat that begins with:

Wrong'd, yet not daring to expresse my paine,
To you (great Lord) the causer of my care,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbXXbccccXXX deXfdfgg bhbXbXii jjjjjXXd hXXeXXcX chcXcdXj cXXjXcc XXXhXXXX hchchcXX cbcXcXee ceXecehh kjkjkXXl XcXcXXaa XhXhXhd hhhhXhcc XacaXXXX mbmXmXnn XcXjXjXX XjXjXjXX emememXX gcXcXcjX aXaXXXhh jbjbjbaX aXXXXehh ibiXXbeX ohohohcc XbababXX acXcXcp
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,8,8,8,8,8,7,8,8,8,8,8,8,7,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,9,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,6,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
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  • Amount of stanzas: 88
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 346
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 702
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; my, of, to, with, his, and, this, o, as, her, euerie, in, whose, destruction, ne, some, their, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words or, to, some, of, and, no, as, in, a, where, much, the, ne are repeated.

    The author used the same words nor, ne, and, i, againe at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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