This is an analysis of the poem To Delia: On Her Endeavouring To Conceal Her Grief At Parting that begins with:

Ah! wherefore should my weeping maid suppress
Those gentle signs of undissembled woe?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gXgX hbhb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11001110101 1101010001 1011010101 1101010101 1111110101 1111001101 1111010101 11010101001 1111001101 0101110101 1011110111 1111111001 1011110011 1111110101 1101010101 1101100000 1101111101 0101011101 1101011101 1101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 176
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • 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; thy, nor, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word nor is repeated.

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  • summary of To Delia: On Her Endeavouring To Conceal Her Grief At Parting;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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