This is an analysis of the poem To F. W. N. A Birthday Offering that begins with:

Dear Frank, this morn has usher'd in
The manhood of thy days; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc adadee afafgg faXahh ijicgg cjcjhh hgXgcc jhjhhh ckckaa dadXll khkhaa hfhfjj Xjhjhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011100 011011 01111101 011101 01111111 110000101 110101110 011101 111111110 010111 11010001 10011101 11011101 111101 01011001 010101 11010111 00110011 11011101 111101 100110100 010111 01110011 11110101 00010111 111101 11010101 0011011 11010101 01010101 110111001 010101 11010101 111101 11010001 11010111 10010111 111101 01011100 0100101 1101100101 11110001 11010001 010101 110010001 010101 11010111 01010001 11111011 1101001 10001101 110101 11011111 01010101 10011101 010101 11110101 1111011 110001010 101101010 11111101 1100001 01111101 110111 010111010 011100010 10111111 110101 1100101001 110101 110101101 01011100 111101000 1001111 11010011 011111 10010111 11000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 198
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 78
  • 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; her, all, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, together, her are repeated.

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

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