Analysis of Child and Maiden



Ah, Chloris! could I now but sit
As unconcern'd as when
Your infant beauty could beget
No happiness or pain!
When I the dawn used to admire,
And praised the coming day,
I little thought the rising fire
Would take my rest away.

Your charms in harmless childhood lay
Like metals in a mine;
Age from no face takes more away
Than youth conceal'd in thine.
But as your charms insensibly
To their perfection prest,
So love as unperceived did fly,
And centred in my breast.

My passion with your beauty grew,
While Cupid at my heart,
Still as his mother favour'd you,
Threw a new flaming dart:
Each gloried in their wanton part;
To make a lover, he
Employ'd the utmost of his art-
To make a beauty, she.


Scheme XXXXXAXA ABABCDCD EFEFFGFG
Poetic Form
Metre 11011111 10111 11010101 110011 11011101 010101 110101010 111101 1101011 110001 11111101 110101 11111 110101 111111 01011 11011101 110111 1111011 101101 1101101 110101 0101111 110101
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 681
Words 132
Sentences 7
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8
Lines Amount 24
Letters per line (avg) 23
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 181
Words per stanza (avg) 43
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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