This is an analysis of the poem As I Ponder'D In Silence that begins with:

AS I ponder'd in silence,
Returning upon my poems, considering, lingering long,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXXbbbcXXb cXXcaXcXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110010 0100111001001001 01001011001011 1000101110 010010011 1010101101 010100100101 11001110101 111101111100101 11001010100101 01000110 0011110 11101101110101101 110 101101001001011 01100011100 110101101101010 101 111110101100101 11111001010 101101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 507
  • Average number of words per stanza: 82
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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; of, and, for are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word soldiers at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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