This is an analysis of the poem The Despairing Shepherd that begins with:

Alexis shun'd his Fellow Swains,
Their rural Sports, and jocund Strains:... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabccbddeXaefXbggbhhijjiggjffjhhXggh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 36,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010100101 11011101 11110101 11011101 11010101 110101 01110111 01110101 01011101 11000101 11011101 111111 01010101 11110110 11010001 11101111 11010011 111101 01010101 10110111 11010101 11001111 11010111 111111 11111101 11010101 11010111 11110101 11011111 111101 11010111 11111111 11110111 11110101 01111111 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1245
  • Average number of words per stanza: 227
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; his, he, and, i are repeated.

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

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