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  • Rhyme scheme: X abcddece bfXf ghgh ifif jgiX jihi kcfc lXcc fgig filX dcfc dmfX fhXh nohX kgoa fifi Xgha gici knhn gini fghg fXmX kciX gcic ghfh cgXg kndn gfmf gmnm Xeee imim mcic Xigdg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10 111010 101 100011 1101 100011 101 111011 101 1101010101 1101010101 1010010011 1111110111 1111011111 1101011101 0101110101 0100010001 0101111101 0101001101 1100010101 11011100101 1111010001 10010001 1101010101 1101111101 0101011111 11011101 1101101100 10011101 1111011111 00100101 1001111111 11111111 1111010101 11010101 1101011111 11010101 11010100111 11010101 0101011111 11111101 1101010111 10110011 1101111111 11110111 1010110101 110010111 0101011111 10010101 1101011001 11010101 11010101001 01010101 1101010111 10010101 1101110101 11110101 0101010101 11010111 01010000101 11010101 1000010111 11101001 1000010111 11110100 0111011111 01110001 0101011111 11000101 1011010111 10111101 0101010011 11010100 0101010111 01010101 0101000111 11011001 1111011111 11010111 1111111100 10010001 1111010001 10110111 10110100101 10010101 0111011111 11110101 1101110111 110100110 1111111111 11010101 01011100111 11000110 1111111111 10011111 1111011111 11111101 1011110101 11110111 1101010001 10010101 1111110101 11011111 1101011001 11010111 0101010001 1110111 1101010111 11001111 0101010101 01110101 110110110101 11111111 1111111101 11011101 1111110101 11110101 1001011111 100101101 1111111111 11010111 1111111111 11111001 1101010111 10110101 1001110101 10111101 11111111 11010111 1100010111 10110101 1101010101 111001001 1111111111 01010101 01110100 1111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 34
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 154
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 170
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, to, we, my, as, love, you, back are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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