This is an analysis of the poem To His Forsaken Mistress that begins with:

I DO confess thou'rt smooth and fair,
And I might have gone near to love thee,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dedecc ffffcc dgdgcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011111 111111011 11110101 1111110011 11111101 11000111 11011111 11110011 11011101 11010101 11110111 11000111 01011011 10011111 11111101 01110001 11110111 11100111 11110101 11110001 011000101 11111101 011101001 11100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 227
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; i, her, to are repeated.

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word none at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of To His Forsaken Mistress;
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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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