This is an analysis of the poem Lines For An Album that begins with:

I would not trace the hackneyed phrase
Of shallow words and empty praise,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXXXXccdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 01011101 110101111 11011101 10110101 01011100 11011101 10111111 11010101 01010111 11010101 11011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 428
  • Average number of words per stanza: 80
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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