This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet To Henry Cowper, Esq. that begins with:

Cowper, whose silver voice, tasked sometimes hard,
Legends prolix delivers in the ears... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abba acca adeade
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1011011011 1010010001 0101110101 1111111101 1111010101 1101111101 1100101101001 11101110011 1111011101 1111110101 01011101001 1101110111 11011111001 0101110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 206
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • 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; and is repeated.

    The author used the same word thou at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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