This is an analysis of the poem Apology To Delia that begins with:

This evening, Delia, you and I,
Have managed most delightfully,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbccX ccbddb eecaac ffXggb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010111 11010100 1001110 10011101 11101101 1101000 11110111 11010111 1111010 01010101 11110111 1110010 11100101 11010101 100101 11111001 11111101 011101 101111001 01011101 1101100 11010101 01110101 1101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 183
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; we is repeated.

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