Analysis of Not Guilty

Ambrose Bierce 1842 (Meigs County) – 1914 (Chihuahua)



'I saw your charms in another's arms,'
Said a Grecian swain with his blood a-boil;
'And he kissed you fair as he held you there,
A willing bird in a serpent's coil!'

The maid looked up from the cinctured cup
Wherein she was crushing the berries red,
Pain and surprise in her honest eyes
'It was only one o' those gods,' she said.


Scheme XAXA XBXB
Poetic Form Quatrain 
Metre 111100101 1010111101 0111111111 010100101 01111011 0111100101 100100101 1110111111
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 330
Words 68
Sentences 3
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 31
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 125
Words per stanza (avg) 32
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. more…

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