This is an analysis of the poem Beautiful Torquay that begins with:

All ye lovers of the picturesque, away
To beautiful Torquay and spend a holiday... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbbb ccdd dddd ccee ffcc bbgg Xaah ffdd ffXd iicc haddXaabb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11100010001 010010110101 1111001011 0101001001010101 010000101011001 10100111101011 1010010111101 111111001001 110001010110 10101101110011 1111001011101 1111010010101001 111001011101 1111000100110 100011010101 0011001101001 001101001010011 11010100101011 01011011100001 0100101110011 101010101001001 1010101111101 101001100100101 10101101101 11010101011 101001001101101 1110010110010 101010111 11110111010101 1010101010100 01010110010100001 100101011110111 11110010010000011 11010011010101 11110101001010 1111010010000000101010 1010110010 101101010010001101 110101010100111 1010100101101 11101010010101 1010111001 1100100110100 110100100101001 11011010110 01100111011 10010010101 1101011101 1010000100110001 1101010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 224
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 50
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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  • summary of Beautiful Torquay;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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