This is an analysis of the poem The Nevers Of Poetry that begins with:

Never say aught in verse, or grave or gay,
That you in prose would hesitate to say. ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffgghhcccii ffjjeeaaffcchhek cckkXabbkk jjjj kkbXllkkeecc jjbbkkk ddmXkkcc aXcckk jjddhh hann jjhhff aljjmm cchhkkhh ffaakkXcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 21,16,10,4,12,7,8,6,6,4,6,6,8,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1011011111 1101110101 1001010101 11010010001 1111010101 1111011111 01011101011 0011110101 11111101110 11011001010 10110010101 010010001101 1011011101 110011111 0101010101 1101110100 1001001101 0101101101 1100111101 1001010101 0111010101 1001010011 1100110100 1110010101 0001100101 11011101010 01010111010 0101110101 11011011001 1111010101 110100001 1001010111 1110010101 1101000101 0001010001 110101001010 1101000101 1111110101 1111110101 1101000111 1011010101 1101011110 1011100101 1101001101 1101110101 11001001111 110101010001 1011001101 111011010101 1001100101 1101010110001 1011010101 0101000101 1111111111 1101011000 11111101110 11010101000 1101010001 1111010001 01010101010 101110111010 1111010101 1101010101 1011001101 1101011101 1100111101 1111110101 01010000111 110100100111 011101010101 1001010101 1111011001 1101011111 1011000100 0111001101 0101011101 1100010011 1001011101 1001010110 000101110 1001000101 001101001101 11100111001 0101010101 1001110101 1111010101 1111011101 1001010101 11010101111 1101001101 100101011 11001100011 1001001101 1101001101 1001010101 1111010001 1111011101 1101010100 1111000111 1101111111 1001110111 0111110100 0100010001 1101010101 1101110111 0101010101 10011000010 11010001010 1101110101 11011001011 101011101 0111010101 1001110001 0101010101 1101011101 1110110111 0101110111 1111011000 1111111101 1111000111 11011010111 1111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 349
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 122
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; in, of, it, like, be, you, never, that, to, all are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word to is repeated.

    The author used the same word never at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of The Nevers Of Poetry;
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  • history of its creation;
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