This is an analysis of the poem On Reading Shakepeare's Sonnets that begins with:

THY verse is like a cool and shady well
Lying a-dream within some moss-walled close ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXa cdXc eXbe dfdfXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101011101 1001011111 10010111001 0111010111 1110011101 1101101101 1101111110 1111100011 10010010111 111110100 1100110100 0001000111 11110000101 1101010101 11010100001 1101110101 1110000101 10101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 844
  • Average number of words per stanza: 143
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • 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.

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