This is an analysis of the poem The Rhymes Of Sym that begins with:

Nobody knew why it should be so;
Nobody knew or wanted to know.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddbbbb aaeebb ddffee ccXghX iidXcc ejejhh fbfbcc ckckdd heheXl ihihmm eebbff mmbbhh ififXXhX ififnncX efeffffX ififnnXX fifiddXX ioiobbmX ifXXddXi hhkkbb cXccee ffaakk ppiiqqpp egkkXrr esnnsrX Xhllnnpp XeXneee obXhbnX ebkkbrX Xck
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,6,6,6,8,7,7,8,7,7,7,6,6,6,6,6,6,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111110101 111111001 0110111111 01001011111 111001101011 01011001001 111011101101 011101011001 11001101101 01101011011 11101001001 11101111001 11101101101 111011001001 11011111111 111101111111 11001101101 11011011011 111001001101 11001111101 11001011001 11001011011 11001111011 101011111001 101011101011 11101001011 101001101001 01011011011 001101101001 11011101011 01001101101 111001111001 101101101111 101011101111 11101001001 010110011001 1101001101 1101010101 1111110101 1011110101 1101110100 1101010101 11010101001 0111110111 1001011101 1101010001 1101011111 1011000101 1111110101 0101010101 1101010111 1101000101 1111010101 0111011101 0101000101 0101011111 1101010101 1111110111 0101010110 1101010001 1101011101 0101111101 0101110101 1101010101 01010011101 01001011101 001011011001 01101111101 11111011111 101001101101 11101101101 101011011001 101011011001 101101101001 010011101101 111101001011 111101111001 001111111011 11010101101 0011101 111100111 1111101 1110010100 1110101101 1111111111 11111111110 101101101 1001101 1110101111 1111101 1101011101 110101111 1111110111 1111001110 1110101111 11111010 1011111111 111101 1110100011 111111111 11111111011 10100110011 101101101 111101 1111111111 1101111 111111111 010101101 1111110111 101101101 1110101101 111111 0110100101 1110101 1110011101 1010110101 1100101111 110101110 101101101 1100111 11110100101 01111011 11100111101 1110101101 1111111111 11101110110 1110100101 1010111 11110110 1111101 111111111 1111111101 1110100111 10101110111 010101011001 1010110111011 01101001101 11111011111 11111011011 101001101101 11101101011 111011101101 11001001001 1010010010010 101111001101 101000011101 101011111001 101001011001 111001111011 101011111111 111001111101 101011101111 01101101001001011001 1111111100101100101 11001101011111001 001101010110111001 1001001011100111 1101001011001001 1000111101111001001 111111100101100101 11001001001 01001101001 1110101 100101 1001000101 111110110110 111011010110 10001001001 11001101101 110100 101100 1011000001 000100100100 10010010100 110101101011010110 1101011011111111 1110110101110100111 1010111010101100101 110110011110111101 0010011010100101001 101111001001001011001 111111100101100101 11010001001 01001101011 101000 100100 1001001011 0100100100110 111101100110 11110001001 111011011001 101000 100100 101100101 110100101100 110110110000 1000100101 01001111101 010101 110101 1001001011 11101100100100 00010110100 101011001010 101001101011 101101101011 111101101111 1111011010101 101001111101 101011111011 101001011011 101011101001 101110101001 101001101001 101111101011 11101011001 101111001001 1010011001101 101001101001 11101011101 111011101110 111011001011 011101101011 101001101111 101001111101 111101111101 001001101001 01001001001 11011101001 111001001101 101001010111 1110010101 011001101001 01001011001 001001101001 111001101000 001011001011 111101101001 101011001111 111011111011 001001111011 101100111101 101101011001 111111101011 111001001011 111111001001 1101101101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 37
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 312
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 271
  • 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; nobody, or, he, came, glugs, and, we, to, some, said, they, you, tempt, i, song, his, sing, with, of, ', it, calls are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words nobody, the, in, 'begone, and, he, such are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines him, it are repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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