This is an analysis of the poem On The Death Of His Eldest Son that begins with:

Though short thy space, God's unimpeach'd decrees
Which made that shorten'd space one long disease;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXcddccaaddceeff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11111100001 1111011101 1100010111 1101010111 1101010100 1101110111 1011010101 110111001001 1110011101 11110110001 1101110101 0101110101 1101010001 10110010011 1011110101 111011101 1101001101 1101110101 1101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 866
  • Average number of words per stanza: 139
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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.

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