This is an analysis of the poem The Task: Book Vi, The Winter Walk At Noon (Excerpts) that begins with:

Thus heav'nward all things tend. For all were once
Perfect, and all must be at length restor'd.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abacabdefcbghXefeceidbXXjbhfgbkabXaaX lgefemjegildbejfffamjb dbcbbebgkebbaccfelXgmbkfggcejj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 37,22,30,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101111101 0111101101 11110100111 00100010101 1001010101 1111010101 1101010111 0101111101 0111111101 1101011111 0100110100 1100011101 1101010101 1101001101 1101110111 0101110100 0100011001 0101011101 1101010011 1001110101 1011001111 1101111001 0111011100 0101000101 0101100101 1100110101 1101010111 1001110011 1111110101 00100100100 1101001111 1011011101 1100110101 0101100110 1101110001 1101010101 0101010101 1001011111 11101100101 1101011101 0100101101 1101011101 0101110101 0111000111 1001010111 0101110101 01100100101 01010100001 1101110011 111000110001 1101011101 1110111101 1101011101 0101011111 0100100001 1101010001 1101111101 1101000101 1111010001 1111011101 1101110101 0101011101 1101101001 0111110001 1111011111 1101010001 1101110001 0101010101 0111000101 0101111101 0111111111 0101000101 11010100001 0111110101 1101111101 111010111011 10111011111 100111010 1101110101 0101110101 1001110001 1100011111 0101011011 0101110101 1101010001 11010000101 0101110101 1111010101 110101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1348
  • Average number of words per stanza: 231
  • Amount of lines: 91
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; all, and, she, he, her, to, in are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase is connects the lines.

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