This is an analysis of the poem Epistle To William Wilberforce, Esq. that begins with:

ON THE REJECTION OF THE BILL FOR ABOLISHING THE SLAVE TRADE, 1791.
Cease, Wilberforce, to urge thy generous aim!... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabbccbbXdeeffggaa ffbbXhddiiggccddjjddkkaabbXhbbaaggllmm ggffhXXfffjjgg gXnnggbboocccii ggggggffggffhhggggff bbaaffhhppddhhjjbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,18,38,14,15,20,18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10010001101000111 11010111001 1101011101 0101010001 1100010101 0011010101 1101110101 1001010101 0101011101 11011100110 1101010101 01111000101 110110011 1101010101 011011101 1111011101 0101010101 1101000101 1101010101 01011101001 1111110011 0101011101 0101101101 10010101010 0101100101 1101010001 0101000111 1101001111 0101000101 0101110101 10101011101 100100110101 1101010101 1101000101 1101110001 001010010101 1111011001 11010100111 0101110101 01010100111 0101010101 1011010111 11101010101 11010100101 1111100101 1101010110 1011010101 1101011101 0101010101 01010101001 1101010101 01010100101 0101000101 11010011010 011101000010 1011010001 1101010111 1101110101 01110001001 01010100101 1011001101 1001010111 11010010100 1001010100 11010100001 10010001001 0101000101 01010100111 0110010111 1001011101 1001010101 1011011101 01010101010 1111110101 1011000101 1101011001 1011010111 1101110111 0111001101 1101011111 0101001101 1111010101 1101010101 1101110101 1001010101 11001011101 11001111001 10010101001 01010010101 0101001101 11010101010 11010101010 11010101101 11010100101 0101110101 10001010101 0101000101 11100010101 01010011001 0111110101 0100110101 1001010001 1101000101 11010101010 1101110101 11011100101 1111010111 10001110101 0101000111 11010101001 10010111001 11010110101 0111010101 0101110111 1101110111 0110010001 1111010101 1111101101 0101110111 0101110101 110100001001 1001000101 0101010101 1111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 786
  • Average number of words per stanza: 129
  • Amount of lines: 124
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; her, his, and, to, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word nor at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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