This is an analysis of the poem On Delia (Bid Adieu, My Sad Heart) that begins with:

Bid adieu, my sad heart, bid adieu to thy peace!
Thy pleasure is past, and thy sorrows increase;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddeeffXddccff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 101111101011 11001111001 101101011101 101101011011 101011101001 111101101001 01001001011 11111011001 0110000011010 1110010011110 101001111011 101011001001 01001001011 01101101001 11001101001 111001111001 11011011001 01011111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 277
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; thy, of are repeated.

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