This is an analysis of the poem The Valediction that begins with:

Farewell, false hearts! whose best affections fail,
Like shallow brooks which summer suns exhale;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffddddddbbddggaahhXijjccbbjjddeeccbbiieebbkklleeeeggjjjjaaccggiimmddiijjeejjbbcceebbjjcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 98,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111110101 1101110101 0100011111 1001110001 1111011101 1011110111 1111011101 1101111111 1111011111 0101001101 11010010001 1101010101 1111110101 1101111101 010111110010 01010100010 0111010101 1101000101 1111111101 1001010101 1001010011 0101110101 1001010101 1011010101 1101011101 1101111111 1101010101 0101000101 0100101010 1001111101 01110010010 0111010111 1101001111 011101111 1100110011 1101011101 1101110111 0101000101 1101010101 1001001101 1101011111 1111000101 1101110011 1101110101 1100110111 11110110101 1101010001 1101011101 1101000101 1101110001 1101110100 0100010101 1101010011 1001001101 1101010101 11010100101 11010010101 0111110101 0101010111 1001010101 0111001101 01010101001 1101011111 00110110111 0101111111 1101010101 0101110111 1101101101 1100010101 1001010101 10001010101 1001010101 0101010001 1101110101 0111010101 0111010101 1101010101 1111110111 01110011101 0101010001 0101001111 1101010111 1101011001 1101010101 1001011101 1001010101 1111010111 0111111011 1011010111 1001110111 1011011101 0101011101 1101110001 1001110101 1111010101 1101011101 1101110101 011100011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 4256
  • Average number of words per stanza: 762
  • Amount of lines: 98
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; i, your, be, you, as, to, thee, and, for, has, of are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Valediction;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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