This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet 38 - First Time He Kissed Me, He But Only Kissed that begins with:

First time he kissed me, he but only kissed... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aaaXaaaaXbcbcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 1 1111111101 01000110011 1101011111 1011010011 10101010100 1111110011 1111010101 0111010111 1101011011 1101011111 010010001 0101111101 0011011101 1101111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 324
  • Average number of words per stanza: 61
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • 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.

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