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

Why weeps the muse for England? What appears
In England's case to move the muse to tears?... full text

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  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 756,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
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  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 32904
  • Average number of words per stanza: 5797
  • Amount of lines: 756
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, her, of, his, and, in, they, theirs, their, thy, that, as, not, he, thee, thou, if, be, my are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words her, the, for, when, thy, cry, none, to, their, as, he, and, if, what, happy, by are repeated.

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  • summary of Expostulation;
  • central theme;
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