This is an analysis of the poem To The Nightingale, Which The Author Heard Sing On New Year's Day that begins with:

Whence it is, that amazed I hear
From yonder withered spray,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd bebe fcfc ebeb gege
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010111 010101 01110101 010001 11110101 010101 11010001 010001 11110001 111101 110000111 111101 11110101 010101 01001001 0100111 110111001 110111 11011111 010101 11110111 110101 011010101 11001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 117
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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