This is an analysis of the poem After The Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies) that begins with:

I. The husband's.
She's not a faultless woman; no!... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a baba cdcd cbcb bcbc aeaX bfbf fgfg bhbh ciXi cjcj bjXj d fkfk ilil cjcj hghg hfhf gbXb jcjc mcmc hbhb gngn ejej ofof egeg cpcp XqXq oror XXahah
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1010 11010101 11110001 11010101 11110001 11111101 01010101 11010101 11010101 11010001 01010111 11010101 11110101 101101111 10011101 111101111 11001111 11011100 110111110 111101111 111101010 11011101 110101010 11111101 111111010 11011110 01110101 11110111 11010011 11111111 111101010 11010111 110111010 101011110 11010111 110101110 11010011 11010101 10110101 11111111 110110101 01110101 110101011 11010101 110101111 101 11010011 110001010 11011011 1101010010 01101101 110101110 11011111 110101110 11111111 11111101 11111111 01111101 110111010 11010101 111011010 11110100 111111010 11011111 111111010 11010001 011011110 11011101 1111001010 11010111 11111101 11111101 11010101 11011111 110111110 111100101 011111010 11011101 110101110 111011001 110100010 11001111 11011111 11110101 11010101 11010101 110101010 11010101 110101110 110110101 110111010 01110111 110100010 01110101 111111010 111111010 011101110 111111010 110101110 11011101 110101110 01110111 011100010 01011001 111101010 01000101 110101110 1010101 011101010 11110111 1010 00110111 111111010 11111101 111100110
  • Amount of stanzas: 31
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 117
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; i, you, loved, and, or are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words she's, i, you, and, or are repeated.

    The author used the same word and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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