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  • Rhyme scheme: a a bbccddeeddff eeddeegghhffeeccdd iijjeedd ddcckkaaaa eeaa kkddeeddd fXiiaajjaadd lkeeeemaaaaaaee XmXeeehh ffccaaee ddiiaaaajjeeXfkkaaaa jjmmaa ff nnddaaii bbllkl aammaakkff eeaaddffkkeee bbooeeklmmeeaa jjppeehhmm aaee aaakkll eeffeegg eedd lkdd aaffh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,12,18,8,10,4,9,12,15,8,8,20,6,2,8,6,10,13,14,10,4,7,8,4,4,25,10,11,10,8,4,12,6,13,20,8,12,6,8,12,2,6,5,4,24,37,7,7,9,24,10,20,6,5,10,12,8,7,4,6,8,26,18,23,24,4,13,20,14,22,9,9,14,11,10,16,31,21,8,18,16,14,8,4,27,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
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  • Amount of stanzas: 87
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 492
  • Average number of words per stanza: 87
  • Amount of lines: 989
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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, i, their, my, his, to, from, her, thy, she, or, abra, as, o, too, our, we, in, king, what, by are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, i, each, from, why, let, his, and, if, the, till, how, my, it, a, what, where, of are repeated.

    The author used the same words i, add, now, to, if, o 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 course, bring, run, love are repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase love connects the lines.

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