This is an analysis of the poem To A Youth Who Wooed A Woman Older Than Himself that begins with:

Friend, woo me not so earnestly.
Vain is thy prayer....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabaccbcbcbaba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic trimeter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11111100 1011 10011101 0101 11010101 11110101 11010101 11100111 11001101 01110101 11111100 0111 110010101 11001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 416
  • Average number of words per stanza: 84
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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