This is an analysis of the poem To His Muse that begins with:

Whither, mad maiden, wilt thou roam?
Far safer 'twere to stay at home;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXXcccXXXddbbddeeffggff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10110111 11010111 11111101 01110100 11110101 00110100 10011101 01010100 101100101 11110100 11010111 10010100 10011101 01111100 11011111 11010100 11010101 00100100 11111111 11010111 10011101 11010111 11111111 1111110 11010111 11010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 906
  • Average number of words per stanza: 160
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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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