This is an analysis of the poem A Dialogue that begins with:

Man. SWEETEST Saviour, if my soul
   Were but worth the having, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcccc deXeffff gXgXdddd hXhbgggXg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010011 111010 1011101 101010 1111111 1010101 0111101 1011101 101100101 101110 01111010 101110 1010101 1010101 1111111 10110101 111111110 100010 10101110 101110 1010101 1010101 1010101 1011101 101010111 101100 1111101 101010 1110101 0110110 1110111 11111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 223
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase thine connects the lines.

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  • summary of A Dialogue;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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