This is an analysis of the poem Harpalus. An Ancient English Pastoral that begins with:

Phylida was a faire mayde,
As fresh as any flowre;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXX XXXX bcbX cdXd eaeX Xfff XbXb gfgf XXXX ebeb XhXh bXbX XiXi fifi XjXj XXcX akXk alXl Xhih fefX Xfmf nfnf fXfX XbXm ghgh XckX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001011 111101 11000101 000100 1001110 010110 11001111 1100111 11001101 110001 110101001 110101 11011101 1101001 01010100 111101 110111001 11101 01011111 111110 100011 011111 11110001 111101 11111111 111101 0101011 010101 01011101 011101 011110101 1100111 01011111 0110010 01101111 0100100 01011101 111011 010110011 010101 010110101 111001 1101011001 110101 11001111 100101 01010101 111110 111011101 01011 110111101 111101 110001010 010011 11010101 111111 10110100 1100101 110100110 111101 110011110 111101 110010111 1101001 11001101 111101 111110110 011101 11110101 011101 01010110 011101 11111001 011101 010100101 111101 11011101 010011 11111111 110101 110011 01111 111101100 110101 11110111 11001 011111111 1100101 11010101 1111110 11110101 01001100 11010100 111101 11110110 110100 11111101 011101 111100111 011001 11010100 11111 11000101 1100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 26
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 104
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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; and, he, his, my, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, for, how, his, he, the are repeated.

    The author used the same words his, 'the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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