This is an analysis of the poem Porphyria's Lover that begins with:

The rain set early in to-night,
The sullen wind was soon awake,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbacaccdedeeafaffghgXhdidiijkjkkfefeegigiilflffdedeekekee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 60,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01110001 01011101 01011111 10010101 11001101 11001001 11011101 110110101 11110101 11111001 01010111 11011101 01110111 11111111 11111101 11110101 11011101 11010101 11011111 111010101 10011111 111101010 010100101 011101100 110101110 11001101 11011101 01010111 11001101 11111111 01111101 10111111 10010101 11111101 11010101 11011111 10011011 01011101 01110111 11010101 11001111 11111111 10111101 1100100101 10110101 111000101 01010111 11011101 11011101 10011101 01110101 01010101 11010110 11011101 11011101 10011111 01011101 11110101 11111111 11111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2205
  • Average number of words per stanza: 412
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, her, head are repeated.

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

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