This is an analysis of the poem To A Mistress Dying that begins with:

Lover. YOUR beauty, ripe and calm and fresh
   As eastern summers are, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cccc bdbd efef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1011011111 110101 11010111 110111 010011110101 11100111 11010001 11011101 1010111101 110010111 01110001 11110101 010011110101 110111 11001101 101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 183
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, to are repeated.

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