This is an analysis of the poem Verses Inspired By 'My Old Black Pipe' that begins with:

Aye ! Many a sport old Homer names.
By Achilles held ' at his little games ',... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXaab ccXdXd eeefgggf ccXccXX cccbXhhb gggffg iigiidg ffjkkj cckkkk lllbmmmb hhagga nnnhgXgX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,8,7,8,6,7,6,6,8,6,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 110011101 101011101011 101001100 1101001001 00100110111 01001110 11010101 111101111 10111010 1010101110 110010110001 01101010 110111101 1110111001 01111101 11010011 010110111 1011111101 0011101101 00101011 110011101 1100110111 11011100 111110101 11011101 101110100 1111110010 111010101 1010100101 101011101 11001110 11001011011 111101010001 10100010101 1011010 111110111 011010111 10101010 111100101 1011110111 11001110 1010101101 1011110101 001010010 1010101111 101011101 11110100100 101001010 1010111101 110100101 01010010 111010101 101110111 101001010 111110101 110010101 11001010 110110101 111100101 01001110 110110101 1100100111 1110110111 111011010 110111011 110101101 11101101101 1101110 1110100101 111110001 10101010 111100101 110100101 01011110 1110111101011 111101111 111100101 10111011 001010101 11010111111 1110101111 111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 267
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 82
  • 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, and, ' are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words of, and are repeated.

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