This is an analysis of the poem The Preference that begins with:

I love to ream a calm, secluded dell,
Where all the softest charms of nature dwell. ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd eeeeffgg ffXgbbee ffhhddXX bbaahhdd iihheejj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101010101 1101010101 1001011111 10111011101 1101111101 01001010101 1001010101 11001110101 1101010111 1101100101 1001010101 10101011101 11010111001 0111010101 110110100111 01001110101 1101010111 1101111001 1101110101 0101010101 10010010111 0101010101 1101010111 1101110111 11010101010 10110101010 1101010101 1011010101 1101010111 1011010101 11001010101 0111010101 1101110101 1111010101 1001010111 0101110101 1101010101 1001010101 1111010001 10101010101 1110011101 1101110101 11011000101 1101010101 10011110001 1111010101 1011011101 0101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 363
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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; and, of are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Preference;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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