This is an analysis of the poem Epitaph On A Child that begins with:

Here, freed from pain, secure from misery, lies
A child, the darling of his parents' eyes:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11010101001 0101000101 0101110101 01010010101 1001010001 1111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 261
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 6
  • 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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  • summary of Epitaph On A Child;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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