This is an analysis of the poem A Ditty that begins with:

My true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one to the other given:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbXbA babXA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111111110 11011001010 1101111101 11010101010 1111111110 0101111101 1101011101 1111110101 11000101010 1111111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 216
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, his, heart, in, and are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word his at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase his connects the lines.

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  • summary of A Ditty;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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