This is an analysis of the poem To Lydia that begins with:

When, Lydia, you (once fond and true,
But now grown cold and supercilious)... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb deae XdXd XfXf Xgcg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110011111 1111110100 11010111 1101011100 10011111 1100111110 111000111 110111010 01111101 111101010 11011101 101101110 01010100 101111110 11111101 111111010 11111101 111100100 11110101 111111000
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 148
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word my is repeated.

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  • summary of To Lydia;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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