This is an analysis of the poem Holy Sonnet Xv: Wilt Thou Love God that begins with:

Wilt thou love God, as he thee? then digest,
My Soule, this wholsome meditation, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaXbaXXbXcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111111101 110101010 11010110101 01011010011 01010010111 1101011110 110111010 100010110101 1101111111 01111111010 0101011111 111111101010 1111111101 1111011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 651
  • Average number of words per stanza: 119
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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