This is an analysis of the poem On The Death Of An Infant that begins with:

Blest Babe! it at length has withdrawn,
The Seraphs have rock'd it to sleep; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab acac adad aeae
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11011101 01011001 01011101011 11011001 01001001 11001001 10101011011 01001001 01011011 11101001 11101111011 11001011 110010010 01001101 110010010110 01011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 152
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; it is repeated.

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