This is an analysis of the poem Long Did I Toil that begins with:

Long did I toil, and knew no earthly rest,
Far did I rove, and found no certain home;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dadacc ceceXc fgfgcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1011111101 1011111101 11110001001 11001110101 0111010101 1111101101 0011000101 0101011101 1111110101 1101110101 1011111101 1011101101 1011011101 01001111101 0101111101 1101010101 1101111110 1111011101 1101111101 1101111101 1111100101 1101110111 11110101001 1101101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 257
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, and, while, half, but, him are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, while, but are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word mine at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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