This is an analysis of the poem Songs Set To Music: 8. Set By Mr. Smith that begins with:

Still, Dorinda, I adore;
Think I mean not to deceive you,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaab cdccd edeed bfbbf gdggdXadaad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 11110011 1111101 1011111 11111011 1011111 10111110 1010001 1111111 11111110 1111101 11111010 1111101 01011001 011101110 0111101 10101110 1110101 1111111 10011110 1011101 11101110 1010111 1011101 01111010 1010101 11101010 1011111 1111101 10111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 157
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; you, i, my are repeated.

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  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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