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

SOFT is the balmy breath of May,
When from the op'ning lids of day ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaaccbbdddd eeffffgghhggbbffii ffXXbbbb jjkkiijjXXiXllXXeX mmffaaddddnnddggiidd ddaaggbbiibbooffccii ggbbffiX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,18,8,18,20,20,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010101 10010101 11111001 01010101 10011101 11010101 11010101 01010101 110101010 111101010 1010010101 11010101 11010101 011100101 11010101 11010101 11010101 100100101 11110101 10010101 110000101 01010101 11100111 01010001 010110101 11010101 01011111 11110101 11110101 11110110 110111001 01010101 10111101 100110101 11010101 101101001 100010101 01011101 100101101 11010101 11111111 00110001 10010101 111101001 110011101 11011101 110010001 10110101 11111011 10110101 01001011 101101010 11011101 110101001 01101101 11010101 111101001 11011110 11011011 11010101 10110111 01010101001 110100101 11110101 11010101 01110101 1111101 011100101 110101001 10010101 11110101 11000101 11010011 110101011 11110101 11010001 11011001 011001001 11010101 111100101 111101001 11010101 11110101 11010101 11110101 11110101 01111101 01010101 11111111 01010001 10011101 10100101 11010101 11010111 11110101 11111111 11110101 11111101 01010111 01110001 11011111 11000101 11111001 11110101 11110101 11011011111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 579
  • Average number of words per stanza: 97
  • Amount of lines: 106
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, its are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words where, no are repeated.

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  • summary of To Rinaldo;
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