This is an analysis of the poem Ode On The Poetical Character that begins with:

As once, if not with light regard,
I read aright that gifted bard,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd aaeaaffaeXXXXe ddgghhaaiiaajjaaiikkffaaaaXXllaa aammnnaajclcjjjjliiXXl
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,14,32,22,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 11101101 1110101 010010111 11010101 11010101 11010111 01011101 1011010101 1001011101 1111010101 0101110101 01100110001 100101010 010101010 1111010001 1101011001 01011101 01010101 01011101 01110101 110101110101 01110101 11110101 11110101 11010101 110011101 11011001 110101011 01011001 01010001 110101001 01010101 100100101 11001010 11111010 11010101 1010101 11111101 11101111 01010101 10010101 110101010 100101010 11010101 11010101 1010101 01011101 11011101 11110101 10011111 01010101 11110101 01011101 11110111 01110101 11010101 111000101 11010101 011000101 11010101 11010111 1111010101 1111010101 010011101001 11001010111 1111011111 10101010 010101010 01001010101 11001010101 01110101 01010111 11110101 111000101001 1100111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 783
  • Average number of words per stanza: 125
  • Amount of lines: 78
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her, to, and, its are repeated.

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

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