This is an analysis of the poem The Purple Island that begins with:

Canto XI.
The early morn lets out the peeping day,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a aXabccc dedefff ghihccc hchcXbb XhXhXaX hihXhhh Xjajddd dXdXbXb jeXebbb ebXbXbb hahabXX bkbkeXe aeaeffX eeeehhh hihihhh XiXibXb ahaheee XhXheXe jXjXXhh ididiii hXhXeee hahalll hXhhhhh XajXfff ehehdXd lhlhbbb Xmameee XhXheee Xbhbfff djdjXXX XeXeana hbhbe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101 0101110101 11001010100 01111101101 1100110101 1101110111 01110110101 110101010111 1101111101 1101110101 1101110111 1101010101 1111011101 1101110101 0101011101 11110111010 1101001101 1111010001 1101011101 11111110001 1111101100 11111110111 1111010101 0111010101 1101010101 011101100101 1111010110 11010100101 1111110111001 1101010101 00010111001 1001110100 1101011101 010111010 01011001001 101100111010 1001010101 0011100101 0111010111 1111010110 11110111001 11001010001 101101010101 111101110 111111101 1101010101 1101111101 1111100101 010011100101 110111100101 1011001101 1010000111 1001011101 1101010101 1101110101 11011110110 111101000101 0101010100 1000111101010 1011110100 01010100010 0101111101 1101001101 1001010100101 0111011101 11011110101 1101110101 11001010101 11010111010 0011010101 1001011010101 1101010101 1111000101 1011001101 1111110101 11011100010 01010101010 11110011101010 1101010101 0101110101 1001100101 11011100111 11011100101 0101111110 110111111101 11011011101 0101001101 1011110101 1110011101 1111110101 0101011101 111111111110 1001111101 1111010101 1100111101 1111010101 0101010111 0100001101 111011110101 1101010101 1001011101 1101011111 110001011001 1111100101 01110101001 110101000101 1101110101 1101010101 1111011111 1111111111 11110011001 0101011101 110001100111 11110010101 1101010101 0111010101 0110101111 1111011001 1111011101 11011101011 110101010 100110101 01011100101 0111011101 110110101001 0101100101 110101010101 1011110101 110001010 0101010101 100101010 101010110 1101010101 101101010101 0101011101 1101110101 1101010101 111001111 1001010101 10011001001 111110111101 1111010101 1101000101 1001010111 1001100101 0101110101 0111110101 010111110101 100101011 1001010101 1101010101 1101000101 0101011101 1011010101 100101010101 0101111101 1111010110 1101010101 1111110101 1001010111 100101100 110111100111 0111010110 0101111101 11010011001 0101011101 11001010101 11010011111 1111011100101 1101011101 01010110101 101011011 1001110100 1100011101 0110010110 110101111101 0101010101 0111110101 1001011111 1111011101 011110101 1101110101 110111011111 0101110011 0101010101 10001111101 0111010101 110101001001 11110001101 1101011101001 1101111100 01111101001 1111110100 1101111001 0101010111 11110010101 111111111101 1001110110 0101010101 01101110111 0101100101 0101011111 1111010001 110101111111 11011011 1101011001 011110101 0111010101 11010101100 11110111000 1101011101100 1010110011 110100101 1101010101 11010111010 1111100101 0101110110 110101010101 1101010111 10010101001 11001010111 1101110101 1111010111 0111011111 010111111111 1101001101 00111101100 1111010101 1001011111 11010001001 01010011001 11010010101 0011100101 0101010001 11111100011 1111011101 110110011 1001101101 11011110101 110110101 111011001 11111111101001 0110111101 0101001101 101001111 111111010110 110101111 0101011101 1111111101 11010010111 1100110101 111101001 110101100101 1001010101 0101011111 1100010101 0001110100 1101010100 100010111101 101101010100 1111010101 1011110101 110100101 0101010101 1011010101 1101111101 110101000101 1111000101 11011110101 0101010101 1111110101 01010101010 110101011010 110101111101 0101010101 111000011 110101010 010101111 1001011111 0101100101 1001010110101 1101100101 0101110101 110101010 010101010 1111011101 11010101001 110101101101 1011011101 1011011101 111011001 101011001 1101010101 10101110101 110101100101 1101010110 1011000101 1101010101 11010110100 01011101011 0101010101 110101110101 11010111001 11100110001 11011011001 01001010011 10110010101 1111010111 110101010101 10110100111 1101010101 11101011101 1101010111 1101111101 1101001101 110101110101 10001011111 1111011100 1100011101 1001011111 1111111101 1011010101 110101110101 1001100011 1111111100 1111111111 0111011101 111110101 1011111110 101101110101 1111010101 0111010101 1101010101 1101101111 1101111101 1111111111 101101110011 11010011001 1111011101 1101011101 1111010101 0101111101 1111110100 0101011100101 01100011101 01011101010 010111101 010001101100 11011111010 1111010110 1111101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 51
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 317
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 351
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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, my, in, to, such, his, her, he, of, now, ', their, they, with are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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