This is an analysis of the poem Cumnor Hall that begins with:

The dews of summer nighte did falle,
The moone (sweete regente of the skye)...

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaX baXa cdcX XdXd eaea Xdfd XeaX gdXX eXeX XXXX fhfX Xdbd fhfh XXfi XXeX XXbd XjXj XgjX khkh XeXe XXdX XXXf XXdX eXeh eXXX XaXa XfhX haXa iaia eXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 01110001 100010101 11111110 11110101 01001101 11101010 11001101 100001110111 11111101 01101101 10001010 101110101 11010101 111011111 111100101 101010101 1101101 11010111 110100101 101100101 11111111 110111001 11010111 10111011 01110101 11110011 110010111 101110111 11111111 11010101 11010010 101010101 01010101 111111011 01011111 101110111 110110001 0101010 11010101 101010101 11010101 11011101 11110111 101111101 11011101 01011111 110111011 101010111 01011111 1111111 1111101 101011111 11111110 10100101 11011101 101010111 01010110 1111011 11110101 1011111010 11110010 11111011 111010111 11010001 01110111 100111101 11010111 11011101 11110101 01111111 00101001 101111110 1011101 10111001 010100101 101011110 010100101 11011110 110101101 1011111001 01011111 11101101 10011101 101111001 11110110 11011111 11001101 11011110 111111011 110010101 1001110100 1111111 01011111 110100111 11110101 11010101 01011111 11010111 11010101 01111101 11011101 11010101 10010101 01011101 01010101 11011101 110101011 10110111 01011101 1101111 11010101 010100101 01010101 1101011 01010101 110100111 11010101 11010110 01010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 30
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 153
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 120
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, to, my, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, no, to, and are repeated.

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word halle at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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