Analysis of My Dear Mistress Has a Heart

Lord John Wilmot 1647 (Ditchley, Oxfordshire) – 1680 (Woodstock, Oxfordshire)



My dear mistress has a heart
Soft as those kind looks she gave me,
When with love's resistless art,
And her eyes, she did enslave me;
But her constancy's so weak,
She's so wild and apt to wander,
That my jealous heart would break
Should we live one day asunder.

Melting joys about her move,
Killing pleasures, wounding blisses;
She can dress her eyes in love,
And her lips can arm with kisses;
Angels listen when she speaks,
She's my delight, all mankind's wonder;
But my jealous heart would break
Should we live one day asunder.


Scheme ababxcdC xexeecdC
Poetic Form
Metre 1110101 11111111 11111 00111011 10111 11101110 1110111 11111010 1010101 1010101 1110101 00111110 1010111 110111110 1110111 11111010
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 522
Words 98
Sentences 3
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 8, 8
Lines Amount 16
Letters per line (avg) 26
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 207
Words per stanza (avg) 48
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Lord John Wilmot

John Wilmot was an English poet and courtier of King Charles II's Restoration court. more…

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