This is an analysis of the poem Verses On Sir Joshua Reynold's Painted Window At New College, Oxford that begins with:

Ah, stay thy treacherous hand, forbear to trace
Those faultless forms of elegance and grace!... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabbccdXeebbff ddbbXgbbhhbbiijjbbkkddee hhbbhhkkeellmmggeebbbbhhbbddii nnbbeehhhhfflloollaahhhhiikkllXkkhhii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,24,30,37,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11110011001 1101010011 1101010101 01010100101 1111010101 0101001101 111000001001 0101000101 1111010101 0101110101 0101010101 1101010101 01010010101 1011010101 0101010101 1110100001 1101011101 01001000101 1011110101 11001010101 1101000101 100111101001 1101000101 01001010101 0101010101 0101010101 0101010101 1110010001 0101000101 11010101010 1101010101 0101010111 0101000101 0101101101 0111010011 1101000101 1101001101 1011110101 11010100101 10111100101 1101010101 11010010101 1101011101 1101001101 1101111101 01010101001 11010000101 1001010101 1111110001 1101010101 01010000101 1101010101 1111010101 0101000101 01010010101 1001010001 0101010101 1101010001 10101010101 10011000101 1001010001 1111010101 11001110101 1111010101 0111010101 1101010111 0111110001 1101110101 0111100101 1111000101 1101010111 1101010101 110101110001 0101010101 1111010101 1111010001 1101110101 0101111101 1101010101 1111000101 1101010101 1110010111 1100010101 1100111101 1101110101 1101010101 11011010101 1101000101 1101010101 1101010101 1001010101 11010010101 0111010101 00110010101 0101010101 1111010101 1101000101 0101000101 01001001101 1001010101 1011001101 0111000101 1001010101 11110101001 0101010101 0101000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 954
  • Average number of words per stanza: 153
  • Amount of lines: 106
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, the, ye, lo are repeated.

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