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

Thee, Mary! first 'twas lightning struck,
And then a water-vat half drowned;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcbX bdbdeceXbfbfbcbXgbgb ecXXhihidcdXjfjfacaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,20,20,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011101 11010111 11111111 11111111 110001001 1101101110 01010100 010111010 00101011 111010101 111111011 01111111 11010101 111111110 11110111 110111010 11110111 11010101 100001101 11011101 11010101 110111010 11111111 010101010 11110101 01110101 100111101 01010101 11011101 1100111010 11010100 111101010 101011111 11010101 10111101 11110111 11111101 1111110010 11010111 010101010 11011111 11110101 110110101 10010111 11110111 110111110 11110101 0100101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 601
  • Average number of words per stanza: 108
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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.

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

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