This is an analysis of the poem On Receiving A Book From that begins with:

Oh, great-eyed contemplation whom I saw
Walk by the blue shores of the Northern Sea... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbaccccbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111010111 1101100101 1001010111 1101111101 011110101 1101001010111 1101011111 01001010101 1101111111 1101010011 0101010111 1111000111 1101110011 111111011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 617
  • Average number of words per stanza: 118
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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