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

Gentle divinity, how have I merited?
Whither, unfortunate wretch, have I strayed, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXabcbc dede fgfg agaX bhbh fifi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100100111100 1001001111 101100110000 10111001001 10110110110 1001001011 10011010110 1000111001 11010010010 1001001111 10110010010 1101111101 111110010 10111011001 10111011010 1011011111 11010110110 1001111001 10010011010 1111011011 10110010010 1001101111 11011111010 11001010011 10010111110 1101001011 0111010110010 11101101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 202
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; i, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word even is repeated.

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  • summary of Ode To Sleep;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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