This is an analysis of the poem To A Lady Before Marriage that begins with:

Oh! form'd by Nature, and refin'd by Art,
With charms to win, and sense to fix the heart! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffaaggeeffffaahhffiiffjjbbeehh eXffhhaaXakkffllaabbddffllbbffhhffeemmfflleejjddeeee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 40,52,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111010111 0101110101 1101010111 1101010101 1001010111 0101010101 1101110111 1111000101 0111010101 1111110101 1111010101 1011110101 1011011101 0101010101 110101110001 0101010101 1111110101 1101110101 1101001101 1101011101 1011010101 0101010101 1101110101 1101000101 1101110111 0101001101 11011010101 0101011101 110101010101 0111010101 01011010101 1101110101 11011100101 1111010101 1111011111 1111010001 1111010101 0111010101 1101011001 11010010001 1111010101 01011100100 1101100101 11110100011 01111111010 10110101010 1111011101 10101010101 11111100110 11001111101 11111111001 10110011100 11110100101 1111000101 1101110111 110111011 1101011111 0111010111 11001010101 01010011111 1101010101 1101010101 0101011101 11100011101 1111010011 01011110101 1111110101 1101010101 0101100111 1011010101 1111010111 1110010101 1011010101 0101010101 01010111001 1011011101 1101110101 1101011101 1111110101 1001000101 1101011101 1011001101 1101010101 11010100101 1101111101 0101110111 1101011101 010110101 0111111101 1111010111 1111111101 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2143
  • Average number of words per stanza: 366
  • Amount of lines: 92
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (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; by, and, to, thy, his, our, thou, that, this are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, or, that are repeated.

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

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