This is an analysis of the poem Affliction that begins with:

When thou didst entice to thee my heart,
I thought the service brave: ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dedeff gXghcc Xeceii djdjgg kekegg ldldkk jmjmhh eceXnn eieiaaXlalaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111010111 110101 1101111111 011111 1011010001 0100110100 111110011 110101 11001110101 111101 1111011111 1111000101 1101111111 111100 1100011101 111111 1111011101 11011100111 1111111100 111111 11010011100 111111 1010100111 1101010111 1101101101 100111 0101010101 111101 1011111101 1101110111 1111110111 111111 1111110101 101111 1111010111 1111010111 0111110101 011101 11011001001 111001 1101000101 01110100111 1111010101 110111 1101010101 110111 1111011111 1111011001 1101111100 010100 1011011101 001100 111101101110 11101101110 1111111101 101101 1111111001 111111 0111111111 0110111101 1111011101 010101 1101010111 110101 1111111101 1111101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 226
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 66
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word yet at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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