This is an analysis of the poem A Poem Upon The Death Of O.C. that begins with:

That Providence which had so long the care
Of Cromwell's head, and numbred ev'ry hair,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffggggggffgghhXbeebbbbiijjkkggffXXggbbbbeeccgggfkkbXbblleeXXmmfXggnnbbffggeeXgooaXppbbqqeeeelloobbffXfffkkaXbXggdXlleeXfggXhggXrffhhggaaddXXgXffXgeehhXbccqqlXbcffXaggbbggaakk XaalXgggXeeccfXggXdllbbgXhhXrhhjfggllkkddnXgggXaaffggddXbccffqqXXghiie
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 184,141,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100111101 0101110101 1001011101 11010000100 11110000101 1111110101 0101111101 1111011101 1101111001 0101110101 1101110111 0111010101 1101011111 1001110011 1111011111 1101010111 11110111010 11110101010 011111101 1101010001 0111010111 1101000011 01110110001 1101011011 1101011101 0101010101 1101010101 1111111111 1101110001 0101010101 0111010001 1111000101 1111010101 1001000101 1001010101 1111011101 1101000101 1100110101 10010010101 1101100101 1101011101 0101110111 11111000101 10011110011 1111110101 1111011101 00110101011 1101110101 10010010101 1001011101 1111010111 0011110101 01010111101 110010101 1011010101 0111010101 1111011111 0101000101 11001010101 1001011111 1111111101 1101000101 1101110111 1101001011 1101110111 1111010111 1110010101 1111010111 1101000111 10001110101 1101010101 1110000101 1101010101 1101000110 1001001101 1111101001 1111010101 1011010101 1111110101 0101110100 1101011101 1101011111 1111010101 1101000101 1101001001 1111110111 1001110101 1001000101 1111011101 01001010101 1011011101 1011101101 0111100101 1001110101 0101100101 1101010101 1001011101 1101110001 1011111101 1101010101 0101111101 1101011101 1011011111 1101100101 1011110110 1101010101 1101111111 1101011001 1101110011 11010000111 1101010101 1111110101 1011011111 0100010100 0101010111 1100111101 1001010111 1101000101 1011110001 0101010001 1101001101 1101010101 0101110101 10010101100 0101010111 1101010101 1001010101 1101010111 11010100100 1001110101 1111010101 01011000111 1001011101 1001000111 1011110001 1101010101 0111111101 10010101010 1111110111 0101000101 1101110101 0101011101 1001010101 1101011101 110110010 1111110101 1111100101 1101010001 11111101110 01111101100 1111000101 110100111100 10101001001 1101010101 110101010110 1101100101 1101010001 1111000101 1101001101 1101101100 1011110100 1101010011 1101011101 1110010001 1110110101 1101110001 1111110101 0110010110 1111011101 0100111101 1101010101 11110100100 1101010101 11110001001 1101010101 1001011101 1001010101 1100010001 1111000101 1101010101 0101110101 1101111101 1111011101 1111010111 100100010110 0101001101 110101101 0111010111 0101010010 1101010111 0101110101 1111010101 1001011101 0101111101 1101111101 1101011111 1100111101 1001011111 1101110101 1001010001 1111001101 101101111 0101000111 1011010101 0100010101 11111100101 1101010101 1101010101 1101011110 0101010101 1111000111 0101000111 0101000100 1011010101 110110001001 1010111011 1111001001 1101101011 01111101001 0101110011 1111000100 1000110111 11010010101 1101011111 1111010101 1101011101 1101010101 1001010101 1101111001 1110110101 0101011110 1111111111 0111010101 0111001101 0111110101 11001001111 1101111101 11111100101 1111011001 11110111010 01001010111 1101110101 1101000101 1101011001 0101111101 1001110111 1011110101 1111010101 11011011001 11010100101 11010110101 1111100111 1101010101 11011000111 1101011110 1011011111 1101110101 1111000101 11111011110 1001011101 1101110110 1101010111 0101011101 1101110101 11001110101 1101110101 1101101101 01011010111 11010010001 011110000011 1111011101 1101010101 1110011101 1011101101 0101010111 1111001101 111011011 1101010101 11101011101 1001100101 1001010101 1111000111 11110010101 1111100101 1101010101 1111010101 1111011111 1001110101 0011011101 1001010101 1011110110 1111110111 1001110111 1111011101 1101011101 1110110101 1101011101 10110110101 1001011101 1111110101 101101111 1101110111 0111010101 1111111111 10011011101 1101101101 110101111 0111010101 1111000101 1101011101 0100011101 1101110111 0100110101 1101111101 1101110101 1001010101 1011010111 01011101100 0111100101 1101011101 1111110101 1111110101 1101100100 1101000101 1111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 7097
  • Average number of words per stanza: 1276
  • Amount of lines: 325
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; had, her, or, and, in, with, of, he, to, no, oh, as, how are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, he, that, who, for, no, oh, as, while, how are repeated.

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