This is an analysis of the poem When Stretch'D On One's Bed that begins with:

When stretch'd on one's bed
With a fierce-throbbing head, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbbb bbcddc bbbbbb bXbaabXbbbbba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111 001101 1100011101 11011 101001 111001101 11011 101011 011101101 11101 001011 111011101 11011 001001 101101001 11011 1001011 101011011 11001 111111 101101011 011010 011010 11111111 111001 101001 111110101 101101 101011 111111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; they, our are repeated.

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

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

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