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

Ah, my Perilla, dost thou grieve to see
Me day by day to steal away from thee?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffffaagg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1110011101 1111010101 1111111111 1101010101 1101100100 1111101001 1111110111 10010101001 0110011111 1111101101 1111111101 0101010101 1011001111 1101110001 1101110100 0100010001 1111110111 1001110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 768
  • Average number of words per stanza: 148
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; to is repeated.

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