This is an analysis of the poem Wormwood And Nightshade that begins with:

The troubles of life are many,
The pleasures of life are few ;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abAbAcac Xbdbcccc dXdedede Xbdbecec afaffgfg hihXjhjX ddddeieX fdFdFcfc kcXcclcl mnmnhchX hhhhdgdX knknanan opopmcXc dqdqiqaq jcXXrqrq fbfbneneXabAbAbab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01001110 0100111 111001110 1110101 111001110 1110111 101010010 10111001 101001110 10101001 111001110 11011011 01001110 00101101 001111110 0110111 01101010 0101111 11101110 0011111 01110011 00111011 1110011 101101 11111000 1111101 1110101010 0101111 01011111 11101101 11111011 11111110 11101010 1101101 010111110 101111 0010010010 10100101 01101010 1110111 111011010 1100111 111010110 11100101 01111010 0100111 101011010 1011110 11001010 1101101 01101010 1100101 10010111 1011100 10011011 0111101 11101010 1110100 01011010 1100101 01011010 1101111 111110110 1110101 10110110 101111 01000100 0111001 01011010 0101011 01011010 0100111 11010110 1011001 11001110 1100111 101101010 10111001 110010010 0111001 01010110 1101011 01010110 10100101 101110010 0100101 101001010 10111011 01110110 1100101 11010010 1101001 11011110 1101101 101110110 0101101 111101011 1111001 101110011 0110101 11001110 1100111 10110110 1011001 011010010 100101 11011010 1100101 10111111 1100101 01001110 1110101 111010110 1101011 111011000 1101110 11011010 1101011 11001010 10100101 111101 100101 0101001 1001001 11011010 1101111 101110010 10101101 101010010 0100101 11111010 1101011 11111010 1111101 111101110 11110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 264
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 136
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, i, to, nothing, who, as, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, to, it, what, when, is, and, as, i, one are repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases wiser, he connect the lines.

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