This is an analysis of the poem To A Young Lady, On Her Birthday that begins with:

This tributary verse receive, my fair,
Warm with an ardent lover's fondest prayer,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeddeeffbbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0101010111 1011010101 1001011101 1111010111 111111001001 11011000001 11001010101 0111110001 1111010111 11011110101 1101000101 0111110001 1101010101 11010010101 0011010101 1001010101 1101001101 11110000101 1110010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 835
  • Average number of words per stanza: 144
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; all is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word all is repeated.

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