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

The Time hath been, a boyish, blushing Time,
When Modesty was scarcely held a crime, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeaa ffffaaffbbbbbbffXgaagghXffffeeeeiiXbffjjbbggaabbhheecc ggiiggffXhii XgbbhheXbbeeiiXX hhffddiiddggaahhjjcceeeekkllhhggcc iiggXbkXjjffiX ggddeX iiffaaeeddbbcc bbiiaaggffhhhhfXgghhhhbbmmffnnbbffaaoobb ccffhhgicchhXXjjppaaiigg iihhggiijj aaggiijj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,54,12,16,34,14,6,14,40,24,10,20,12,20,22,12,6,10,14,4,20,22,23,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0110010101 1100110101 1011011101 1100110101 1110010111 1100110111 0111110101 11110010001 1101111111 1101000101 0101011001 1111110011 0101010101 1100011001 1101011101 1111010111 0100101111 1101110001 0101001101 1011100101 1011010011 1011010101 1101100101 1000111011 1011001110 1011010011 1011001101 1011110011 11111101100 0111110111 11110011101 0101110101 1111011101 0111011101 1011010101 1101010100 1101001101 1101010001 1101000101 0111011101 1101010111 0101110111 11011011101 1111111111 11011100001 1111110101 1011011010 0101011101 11110101001 1101010001 0101010111 1111111111 0111110011 1001010011 1101110001 1101101111 1111111101 1110110101 1011101111 1101011111 10011011101 0101111111 10110110111 0111111001 0100110101 0101011101 0111010111 0111011101 1101110001 1001011101 1111010111 01011110101 1111011101 1101110101 1101111101 1101010111 1101111101 0101011101 11011111100 0111010011 1001110011 11010110101 1100111101 1111010101 1110010101 0101000110 1110110111 1001111001 1101011101 1101011101 1111110001 1011010101 0111010101 1111001111 1001110001 0111100101 1001111101 1011011101 0101111101 0101111000 1001110111 0001010001 0101010011 1110010001 1011010101 0101010101 1101010111 1101010101 11010111001 1001000101 0101011101 0101111101 1001010111 1101011101 0111010101 1001111101 1101111101 1111110101 11010111110 101101000010 1111110101 0101110101 10110011101 1101010111 1011110101 1101110101 0111000101 0111000101 100111101 1101011101 0111011101 1101110001 01010101 01110101 11011001010 1111011111 1001110001 1101010101 111001101001 01011010101 01001110101 1010010101 10100101001 1101010101 11111000101 0101010101 1001111111 11010111110 1101010101 1111100101 1101110111 0101000101 0111001101 1111110101 0101010001 1101010101 1111000111 1101010001 11111010101 1100110101 0101010111 10010110001 1101010101 11110011111 1010011101 1111011111 1111010101 1111010101 1111011001 1101001101 0101101101 1111011101 1111010101 0100110101 1001010101 1101011101 0101010101 1001011101 0011110001 1001011101 0101010101 0101000001 1101011101 1111111101 1101010110 0101111101 1010010001 1101111101 1101001101 1001111111 1101010101 0110011111 1100011111 1001110101 1111011101 1101010101 1110010111 1100011101 0111010101 1101010111 1101010101 1101111111 1111101101 1101111101 1101010101 111010101 1100100101 1101000101 1111000101 0101011001 1111101101 1101010111 11111000111 1101110001 1101011110 1111010101 110111011 1111110011 110101101 1111011101 1111110001 0101010001 1101010101 0101000111 1101001101 10001011111 1101010001 1001011101 10010110101 1111110011 0101101101 1101110111 0111110111 1111111111 1111110101 1101111111 1001010101 1101110101 0111010001 0101000101 1111110001 1101010101 1101000101 1011011101 1011010101 0101010101 0101010101 1001110101 11010011001 1101000101 01001100011 1111011111 1111100111 1110000101 1111100101 1111010101 1001011001 0101010101 1111100101 0111011101 11011010101 0110000101 1101010101 1100010111 1001011101 0101001101 1101011111 1101010101 1111110101 1101011101 0101010101 0101010101 0100011001 10110001101 1110010101 1111011101 1110011101 1101011101 1111110111 0111010111 111001101 01111100001 1101011101 0101010111 0110011101 0101010011 1101010101 1101010111 1111010001 11110101 1111111011 110100111 101101 11110111 1001001101 1011000111 0100110001 0101001111 1101110111 10001000101 1101110111 1100111111 1110000001 1101011101 11010100101 0111011111 1111100111 1111011101 1101011101 110101101 1001011101 1101000011 1011011101 1001110011 1101010111 1101001111 1001110101 0101001101 1111001111 0101011111 1011011111 0100010111 1111011101 1101111111 0111010111 1001110111 1111011111 0101110001 0011000101 0101011101 00110010101 1100010111 10001011101 0111111101 1111101001 1111010001 100111111 1101010111 1001010101 1101010011 1101010111 0011010111 1100110101 1001011101 11010101110 0101011101 1101111101 1001111101 1111100101 1101111101 0101010101 1101010101 1111110101 1111010101 1101010101 11101111 1111011001 1011010001 1111111111 0101110011 1100111001 1101000011 1101011101 1111000100 1111010011 0111110101 1111000101 1101010101 0101011111 1001010111 0101000111 1101110101 11011100001 1110110101 1101011101 0101001101 10111111001 0111110101 1111111111 1111010111 1101010011 0101011001 11111001001 1001111111 0011001101 0101001101 0111010011 1111000101 1101101100 1111010101 1101010010 0100111001 011010101 0111010101 1011110111 0101110101 1011101101 1111011111 1011001101 1011011101 0101011111 1111000101 011111101 1001011101 1111110101 0101001101 1111011111 1111010001 1011110101 1100111101 1111110101 1111111111 1101110101 1101010001 1001110101 01010101010 1111110111 0111110001 1001000101 1101001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 898
  • Average number of words per stanza: 159
  • Amount of lines: 423
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; our, without, men, thousand, and, to, in, thy, not, of, his, her, that, ye, him, i, their are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words when, who, on, thus, to, of are repeated.

    The author used the same word let at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase more connects the lines.

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