This is an analysis of the poem Samuel Sewall that begins with:

Samuel Sewall, in a world of wigs,
Flouted opinion in his personal hair;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd adaX XXXe cXcX dada fefX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101000101 10010001001 1100111101 1001110101 1001011101 1110010111 01010111010 11011100001 11010101110 0100110101 0101110011 1101010100 1111110010 101010100010 0100010101 10010010011 1000110010101 1001011001 1101010101 10010010010 1101110001 11111100101 010100111001 11110000101 11001101010 11010110110 10100010001 101101010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 197
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; in, and are repeated.

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