This is an analysis of the poem From The Ladies Defence that begins with:

Melissa: I've still rever'd your Order [she is responding to a Parson] as Divine;
And when I see unblemish'd Virtue shine,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcccXddeeffgghhffcciiccjjbbhhcXaaiihhkkhhiicccckXfXjXbbcccjjcckklljjiikkgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 77,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0101101110100100010101 1111010101 1101010101 11001010100 11110000111 1101010101 1101010011 1111010101 1001011001 1101010101 11010010011 0101010001 11010101001 1100010111 0110111101 110101010011 1101110101 1111011101 1011010101 1001010001 1111010101 1001000111 1110110111 10110110001 1111010101 1101011111 10001010001 1001110011 1101010101 1101110100 1111010001 11010101001 1101110011 1001000101 11001011011 1101011101 11101010101 1111001111 0101010101 01010100101 1110111101 1111011001 1111111101 1001000111 1101110101 110101101 1111011111 1101110101 10010001001 1111011101 1101110101 11010001010 1110010101 0101110100 111100011110 101100011101 1101111101 1111010111 0001111111 1010110101 1111000111 1111111101 1101000011 01011100101 1101100001 1111110101 1001011101 1100010101 1111001010 0101010001 1111010101 1101000101 1111011111 1100100101 1001110101 1001010101 1101110101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 3350
  • Average number of words per stanza: 588
  • Amount of lines: 77
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, from, all, as, we, their are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words who, and are repeated.

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  • summary of From The Ladies Defence;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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