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

How rich, O Lord! how fresh thy visits are!
'Twas but just now my bleak leaves hopeless hung ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcabcdaedaXefgefg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111111101 1111111101 100111 1101111101 11110110111 110011 1111011101 1101110111 110111 1101111101 1011001111 111011 1111111100 1111010111 010111 1111010111 1111011101 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 728
  • Average number of words per stanza: 139
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; and, their are repeated.

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

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