This is an analysis of the poem Lovely Mary Donnelly that begins with:

Oh, lovely Mary Donnelly, my joy, my only best
If fifty girls were round you, I’d hardly see the rest;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd eeff gghh aaii jjkk ffaa bbbb llmm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11010100111101 01010111110101 01010111010100 11110100110111 0111010110101 111111111111001 11010111100010 110101011110010 0101110011101 010101111110101 01010100110111 01010101110001 01111111010101 110101001110001 11010101111111 11011101111101 1111110010101 01010101001 01001010110111 11011001110111 1101110110111 11011011110111 11110111111111 111110101110101 110101100010101 0101011010111 01111101111101 11000101110111 11110100010101 11010101110101 11110100010111 01110101110101 11010100110101 011100011110101 01011111111111 11000111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 230
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 57 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; they, her, and, she, your, you, i are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words her, oh at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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