This is an analysis of the poem To A Lady Asking Him How Long He Would Love Her that begins with:

IT is not, Celia, in our power
   To say how long our love will last; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dbdbcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 001100110 11111101 010101010 11111111 0110100 01011101 11110101 11111101 11011111 10100101 00110001 01011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; to is repeated.

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