This is an analysis of the poem Furness Abbey that begins with:

I WISH for the days of the olden time,
When the hours were told by the abbey chime,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabB ccddbB eeffbB ffXddbB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1110100101 10100110101 1010011110101 1010110111 1100111101 11111001101 110100101 10101101011 00111111010111 1001101110001 1011101111 11111001101 1010011111 110101101 110111101101 11100111001 101111101 111101001101 1110101001 0010101101 11111111101 01101100101 111111111 111101001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 219
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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