This is an analysis of the poem Shall The Harp Then Be Silent that begins with:

Shall the Harp then be silent, when he who first gave
To our country a name, is withdrawn from all eyes? ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cXcX bdbd efef fgfg chch aiai dddd jfjf bXXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 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: 101101011111 011001001011 101001011101 101101001001 11101111001 101101101101 11101101001 101001101101 1010010010110 111001001001 101011011011 10100101011 11111011111 101001011001 101001001011 101011001011 11101001001 101001011001 0101000011001 111101011001 111011111101 011001001101 0111010010101 10110001001011 11001100001 101101001111 1110110010011 001001001001 111001111001 001101101001 1011010110111 101101101101 011111101001 111001111011 001001000101 101011011101 111011101111 1110011110010 1001001001101 001001001011
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 212
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 52 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, that, through, of are repeated.

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