This is an analysis of the poem The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto V that begins with:

We left the cave. Be Fear (said I) defy'd!
Virtue (for thou art Virtue) is my guide.... full text

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  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,6,6,22,10,24,10,2,12,8,56,40,26,12,32,10,10,26,26,54,2,20,4,34,10,16,6,6,4,32,8,28,6,44,4,2,10,4,6,14,44,50,12,24,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
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  • Amount of stanzas: 45
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 783
  • Average number of words per stanza: 133
  • Amount of lines: 830
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; some, her, and, whose, muse, his, i, in, no, to, thro', ye, their, with, my, now, he, of, far, like, me, it, mine, they, joy, thou are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words whose, the, when, no, ye, and, now, what, they, his, oft, her, mild, my, as, so, he are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase sleep connects the lines.

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  • summary of The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto V;
  • central theme;
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