This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet: At Ostend, July 22nd 1787 that begins with:

How sweet the tuneful bells' responsive peal!
As when, at opening morn, the fragrant breeze... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaccabddXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1101010101 11110010101 11010010101 1100111111 11010010111 1101011101 1111010101 10110010101 0101110100 1111010111 01010011001 110110110010 11011111110 0101111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 639
  • Average number of words per stanza: 110
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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; and is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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