This is an analysis of the poem To Her I Love that begins with:

Tell me, thou soul of her I love,
Ah! tell me, whither art thou fled;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gcgc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11110011 11110111 01010101 01010101 11111101 10111101 11010101 11011101 101100111 110100111 10110111 110010101 11010101 01110101 01010101 1011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 135
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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  • summary of To Her I Love;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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