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

Were I as base as is the lowly plain,
And you, my Love, as high as heaven above, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababacacdadacc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 0111100101 11111111001 1101011101 01010010011 0111110011 1111110111 1101010001 100010011111 0101111101 1111111001 1101101101 11011110101 1000110111011 1000111111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 634
  • Average number of words per stanza: 124
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; as, you, and are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines you is repeated).

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  • summary of Constancy;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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