This is an analysis of the poem To ----- that begins with:

LINES WRITTEN AFTER A SUMMER DAY'S EXCURSION.
Fair Nature's priestesses! to whom,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bbcccc ddeffe XXbaab ccghhg ccicci jjaaaa bbekke
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 110100101010 11010001 01010111 010011 11010111 01010111 010101 11010011 01011101 111101 11110111 01010101 010101 101100101 100010111 110111 1110101 110010111 0111001 01010101 01100001 010111 11110101 01011111 100101 110100101 01100101 111101 110010001 01010101 01001001 0110101 01010101 010111 11111001 11000111 1011010 01011111 11011111 111111 01110101 01100101 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 172
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 43
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of To -----;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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