This is an analysis of the poem The Lily And The Rose that begins with:

The nymph must lose her female friend
If more admired than she, -... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd ecec afaf ghgX icic jhjh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01110111 0101011 11010101 0101001 01010101 011101 01000101 010101 011100001 110001 010100101 010101 01111001 01010010 11011101 0100010 010100101 0101001 11011111 010010 10110101 1101001 11010101 110101 11110111 010101 010100001 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to is repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Lily And The Rose;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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