This is an analysis of the poem To An Inconstant Mistress that begins with:

I loved thee once, I'll love no more,
Thine be the grief as is the blame, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccdd XccceXcc dedeffdd ghghddaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111111 10011001 11111101 11011001 11110101 11010111 11111101 11011101 101111100 01110101 10110111 11011101 11110001 10111110 11111101 010010001 110101101 11010010 01010001 11000111 10100101 11010101 11111101 01110101 11110011 11000101 11011101 01111111 01010110 01110111 01111111 01010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 291
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; love, to are repeated.

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

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  • summary of To An Inconstant Mistress;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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