This is an analysis of the poem Lines Written In August that begins with:

The day of tumult, strife, defeat, was o'er;
Worn out with toil, and noise, and scorn, and spleen, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba cdcd efef gege caca haha dXdc cici ajaj eaea igig kdkd elel eaea XdXd dbdb hhhh mama jdjd cmcm nana emem dbdb dhdh fdfd odoX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01010101110 1101111111 11001010111 0101110101 11101100001 1101010111 1101010101 1011111101 1101010101 1111001101 1111101111 0100010101 1101011111 1101011101 01001111111 0111110001 1101010101 1101010101 1101010101 0101110101 010101101001 11001010101 0101010101 1111100101 1101010101 1101010110 11110101101 11010100101 11001000101 11010011101 1101011111 10001110111 101010101101 101011101010 1101010101 01010101010 100110011101 01010101001 1001010101 1101110101 10011010101 1101010101 1101011101 0101010101 10011011111 1010110111 1011110101 11110100111 10111010111 0111010001 0110110101 11111110101 10111111111 1111000101 1110110111 1111111101 10111100101 1101111101 1101010110 1101010101 10111011110 0101011111 10110111001 1100010101 100110011101 0101011101 1011110101 1101010101 10101110101 0101110101 1101010001 00111100101 101011100110 1111011111 100101110010 1111011101 10101110101 0111010101 1101010111 1101010101 101110111010 1101110101 11110101010 0101001111 10111010111 1111010101 11110011101 1011100101 10101110111 1101010101 1111010111 11111100101 10111111101 1101110101 1111010101 0101010101 10001011111 10111011101 01011011001 11010100101 10101011101 1111111101 1101111111 11111101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 26
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 190
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 104
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, her, mine, for, i, love, where, when are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words yes, mine, of, still, where are repeated.

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

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

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