This is an analysis of the poem To Sir Henry Wotton that begins with:

SIR, more than kisses, letters mingle souls,
For thus, friends absent speak. This ease controls... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabbaXccddddddddefXXeeggaaXehhbbhhiiddefiiddhhjjhXkkabllmmggllbXnndd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 70,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111010101 1111010101 0100011111 111010111 1111001111 001001110101 1001010111 1011111100 1111111111 1111111111 0001000101 11010110111 11110010100 1111110111 10011001010 11010101010 1111000111 01001011101 1011011011 11010101100 1011001111 1100101110 1111001111 10111011011 0100010100 10101101101 11011110110 01011001110 1001101000 1100100001101 11110010100 0111011101 11011100010 1101000100100 1111110101 11101111111 1110101101 1111101101 1010010101 1011110111 1001111101 1101110100 110110111 1100110101 11110101101 0100111010 0111110101 11010100101 11001110111 10001111011 1011010101 0111010111 1001111111 0101011001 1101010111 1011011111 1101110111 1101101111 10000110001 1101010111 01101010111 10001110101 11101111101 11011011101 11010010110 0111100100 1001111101 1111111101 11001101111 0111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 3147
  • Average number of words per stanza: 562
  • Amount of lines: 70
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; in, or, i, and are repeated.

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