This is an analysis of the poem Obituary that begins with:

In memory of S. B. V., 1834-1909
... so what the lame four-poster gathered here...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abXb cbdc eaea cbX e dfeef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,3,1,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0100011111 1101110101 0101011101 100100110101 10110100101 10101010111 1001001100 10110111 101110101 1101011101 01001010101 11010011101 01011011101 110100101 0011010111 0101000111 1010010101 1111010100 01001000101 110100100101 1101101 1011110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 130
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Obituary;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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