This is an analysis of the poem Raphael that begins with:

I shall not soon forget that sight
The glow of Autumn's westering day,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab XbXb cdcd efef gfgf bgbg hfhf iaia hghg fbfb gggg hfhf caca jXji dgdg bfXf kdkd lglgXfifi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11110111 010101001 01010101 110101 01010111 01100101 11110101 110011 01010101 01011101 11111111 011101 11011101 11010101 01100111 011001 10110111 01010101 100000111 110101 10010011 01001101 11011101 110101 01011101 11000101 11111101 110111 01010101 01010101 110001011 011101 11111101 11010011 10001101 110111 01100101 01010011 11010101 110101 11110111 11000101 11010101 110111 11000111 11010101 11001101 111001 11110011 11010101 01111101 110111 01110111 1001111001 11110100 0111001 11010111 01010101 11110101 011101 01100100 11010111 10010100 111111 11010101 01110101 110100101 011101 11010101 11010111 11110101 110001 11111101 11011101 01000101 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 131
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 76
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, thy, of, we are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Raphael;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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