This is an analysis of the poem Catharina that begins with:

She came--she is gone--we have met--
And meet perhaps never again;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd efXffbfb gbgbeheh ehehijij ekekiada ddddaiaiXhchcihih
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11101111 11011001 01011001 11011001 100011101 11001001 111001101 10111001 01101011 100001011 11111010 101001001 11101001 11111001 11001011 111011001 11011111 11001101 11001001 101001001 01011101 01011001 110011101 11001001 101001001 01001001 100001001 11011001 101101001 101011011 11000101 11101011 100101001 001101001 11001011 11001111 001001101 11011001 11111001 01001001 11001001 100001101 101001001 01001001 001001001 001001101 111001001 01001111 001101101 01101011 101111001 11101001 101101101 01001101 11101010 111001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 265
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

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