This is an analysis of the poem The Playing Infant that begins with:

Play on thy mother's bosom, babe, for in that holy isle
The error cannot find thee yet, the grieving, nor the guile;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccccdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11110101101101 01010111010101 10110101111101 11001101010101 1100100110100101 01101111010101 11001101110101 10110111010101 11010101010101 01110111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 627
  • Average number of words per stanza: 105
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; thy is repeated.

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