This is an analysis of the poem After The Engagement that begins with:

Well, Mabel, 'tis over and ended---
The ball I wrote was to be; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd eceXfdfd ghghfbfb fhfgaiai fjXjgbgb iaiaklkl ldldXbgb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110110110 0111100 110110010 01110101 10101011 111111001 111010011 111011011 11001010 1110101 111110010 111111100 11001010 1111101 1010110010 0111111 111110110 111111011 1011111010 11011011 111110110 11011110 110010010 11001101 111110010 11101011 111110010 11111111 011110010 01101001 11011010 01111101 11101010 11010001 010010100 01001101 101100110 110111 10111110 11101101 1010010010 11011011 010110010 111111101 010110110 01011011 1110010110 0100101 101010010 11001011 11101100110 01111001 110110010 11100101 111111110 11001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 281
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, to, i, me, and, my are repeated.

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

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