This is an analysis of the poem Of F.W.H.M. To One That Smokes that begins with:

Spare us the hint of slightest desecration,
Spotless preserve us an untainted shrine;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010100010 1001110101 11111100010 1111110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 169
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 4
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; for is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word not is repeated.

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