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

As I one ev'ning sat before my cell,
Me thoughts a star did shoot into my lap. ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccdd eeeeffdd gXgeaaee hdhdhhcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111010111 1101010011 1111111101 10110111111 11001111 11110101 10010011 11010101101 1111010001 1101010101 1100111100 0111110101 11111110 11011101 01011101 1101110111 1111011101 11110110001 111111111 1110111101 111111111 11010110 11011101 1101111111 1111011111 0101001110 0111111101 1111010111 10110111 11010111 10110001 11111111000
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 321
  • Average number of words per stanza: 63
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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  • summary of Artillery;
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  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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