This is an analysis of the poem Passionate Shepherd, The (Excerpt) that begins with:

Who can live in heart so glad
As the merry country lad?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeebbeeffggeehhiiggjjgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 30,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110111 1010101 1010111 1110111 1010101 1010101 111010001 1011111 1010101 1011101 1010101 1000101 1010111 001101 1010101 1110101 1010101 1010101 1010101 1110101 10111010 11100010 10101010 10101110 1011101 00100101 1110101 1010111 0110101 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 979
  • Average number of words per stanza: 175
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Passionate Shepherd, The (Excerpt);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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