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

To Maymie
When first thou went'st my yearning heart,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X ababcXXdefef egeghbhbdXdXffff icicacacifif dedejejeafaf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,12,16,12,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01 11111101 010010101 11010101 10011001 111110101 11000101 1101111111 11110111 11011101 11110101 11011101 11111101 11110101 10111101 11011101 11011111 11110101 101110111 01011101 11010101 111000101 010101101 11011111 11010111 110111110 11111101 010101010 11011101 11110101 11011111 01011101 01110101 01110111 11010111 11110101 110100111 01110111 10110111 11110111 01110101 11111101 01010101 11101101 11010001 10110111 11110111 11011101 110001010 01010101 11011101 10110101 11111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 379
  • Average number of words per stanza: 73
  • Amount of lines: 53
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; ', my, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, my, i, thy, it are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word again at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of Anniversary;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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