This is an analysis of the poem A Mother Showing The Portrait Of Her Child that begins with:

Living child or pictured cherub
Ne'er o'ermatched its baby grace;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XababcbX dcecbfaX cghXhihi jkjekjljl emdmeiji jlelenkn licilnbn llXljchX clklbeXe LcbXkeXe gcbXhljl LlallglX bebeXcXc dlkleoio hckcelXl XXbglfbf gebebhjhXhigilebe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,9,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111010 110000101 10101010 1010001 10111010 1011101 11100110 11101 10110010 1010101 10101110 1010111 01111110 1101101 10101010 10101 10111010 1010111 11101010 111111 11101110 0010111 10101110 10001 00101110 1011111 00101110 1110111 1 11100010 1010111 11100010 11101 10101010 10110011 10101010 1110101 11111110 1011101 11101110 10001 11100010 10101001 10101011 1010100 11101010 0111111 11111010 111111 11111110 1011101 10111110 1010100 10101101 1010111 11100110 11101 10011110 1010011 00110010 1111111 11101110 1111111 11111010 11101 10101010 1011101 10101010 0111001 10111110 0010101 10101100 11001 10100001 1111101 11111010 1110101 10011010 11101000 11100111 10001 11011111 1011101 11111010 11101011 11101110 1000101 11111010 10101 10100001 1111111 11101111 1011101 10101010 1011101 10101010 11101 11111110 1010101 10111110 1110100 11111100 1110101 10101100 11111 11111010 1110011 100101010 1011101 10111010 1111111 11101110 10101 10101110 1010101 11101110 1011101 10111010 11110001 10111110 10101 10111010 1100110 10110110 1011101 10111110 1010101 10100110 10101 11101101 1111101 10111010 1001101 11111110 1011111 11110010 11011 11001010 0110101 10111011 1110111 11011110 10010111 11111110 11001
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 254
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 145
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; to, you, and, what are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase valley connects the lines.

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