This is an analysis of the poem Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference that begins with:

And dwells there in a female heart,
By bounteous heaven design'd... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab acac dedf ghgh gfgf idid gaga bXbX caca bdbd ahah djdk gdgd fcfc idid gbgX fjfk djdj baba blbl iegf mdmd akaX mmmm gfgfXhihi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11100111 1101001 010100001 010101 11010101 010001 01000101 111111 10011101 1101010 11100101 110101 11110101 110011 010010011 010101 0100010010 010111 110111010 010101 0100111011 0101010 010011101 1101010 101100101 100011 01100101 110101 11010101 1101001 01010101 010101 11110101 110101 01010101 1100101 011111001 010101 11010101 110101 11010101 0100101 01010101 111101 11000111 1111001 11010101 1010100 11011101 010101 11010101 010001 11011101 010101 11000101 110101 11010111 110111 01110001 010001 10010101 100111 01110101 1001100 11110101 1111001 111101001 110100 1000100101 010101 01010111 010101 01010101 010101 110010101 0101001 01010111 010101 01010101 1101001 01110001 1101010 01010101 010101 11110101 0100111 11010101 1000101 11011101 010010 11001101 010101 010111001 111101 11110101 1001111 110101010 1101001 110011101 010101 11011111 110101 01010111 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 26
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 104
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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