This is an analysis of the poem Friendship that begins with:

Dear friend, I pray thee, if thou wouldst be proving
Thy strong regard for me,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd dbdb efef dgdg hhhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111011010 110111 11111100110 111111 11011101011 110111 11011101011 101101 11010101010 110101 11111101010 010011 11011101110 111101 11110001010 111101 01011111010 110111 11011101010 111111 01010101110 011111 11011100010 010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 137
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • 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.

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