This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet: July 18th 1787 that begins with:

O Time! who know'st a lenient hand to lay
Softest on sorrow's wound, and slowly thence... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbacddcXeeXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11110100101 1011011101 1001010101 01110100001 1111110111 1111110101 11011011111 11111100101 111101000100 11111101010 10011001010 010101110100 1111111101 1101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 630
  • Average number of words per stanza: 115
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • 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.

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