This is an analysis of the poem On The Receipt Of My Mother's Picture Out Of Norfolk that begins with:

Oh that those lips had language! Life has pass'd
With me but roughly since I heard thee last. ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbbXccdd eeffgghhXb iiggjjjbbkkggeeggXiiiaaaa eebbXXggeeXaiiddiilljjmmbbee cXgglleeaanngg aallkkbbeXiiaaXajjbbooccggggggbbaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,25,28,14,34,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111110111 0111011111 1111111111 01110111001 1101110111 1111111110 0101000111 1001110100 0111011001 0101111101 1010000111 1101110101 1111001101 0100010111 1001110001 1101011001 11110111001 1011011101 1110100100 0101011111 1101111111 1111000111 101101011001 1101110110 0111110101 0101011101 1101010101 11011111001 1101111101 1100110101 0111110101 1101011111 1011110101 1111111101 0101111111 1101011101 1111000101 1100111110 1101011101 11010100101 1001010001 11001010111 1111010101 1111010011 1111011101 1111110111 1011111101 1101010111 1101010101 0100110111 0101011101 11010100101 1111010111 1101010011 1101011101 111100111100 0101011101 1101001101 1111111101 1101011111 0101010101 0101011101 1111111111 1011010111 1101011111 11001110111 11010001101 1011000101 1100101101 1101011101 1100111101 01010100101 1101110101 11010101010 11001100101 010011100 1100010001 11110011101 1101111111 1111010101 1111011101 1111110101 11000100111 1111111101 1100011111 1111101001 1011000101 1101010101 0111010101 10011111001 1101110101 1101010111 0101010101 1101100011 0101010101 1101111101 1101011101 11101101001 0111110111 1111000111 1101011101 11011100101 1111011101 1111110101 1111000101 1101111111 1101011101 1101110111 01100110001 1101110101 0101010001 11111100011 0101111101 1100011101 110111111001 0101011101 0101010001 1101010111 1111010101 1111010001 10011100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 895
  • Average number of words per stanza: 160
  • Amount of lines: 121
  • 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, that, and, i, her, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words perhaps, i, the, and are repeated.

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