This is an analysis of the poem To Caroline: Oh When Shall The Grave Hide that begins with:

Oh when shall the grave hide for ever my sorrow?
Oh when shall my soul wing her flight from this clay?... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd Xefe fgXg hihi bjbj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011110110 11111101001 001011010010 11011001001 0111110111110 11101111101 110011100010 01001101010 1111010110110 111101111101 1111111010010 0011111001 111110011010 11001011001 1111111010100 11001101101 111110011010 11111011111 1110111111010 001011101011 111010010111 101111011011 0010010011011 01101101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 206
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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