This is an analysis of the poem Be Kind When You Can that begins with:

Be kind when you can, though the kindness be little,
'Tis small letters make up philosophers' scrolls;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef ghgh Xdgd bibi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011111010010 11101110001 010010010110 11001001011 1101100100010 11011101001 111111001010 11101001011 1111010110010 111101110001 010110011010 101111001001 111010110110 11101110010101 1111011010010 01101001101 011011111010 11111011001 10100101010010 010001101011 1011110010010 11101001001 1010111011010 101001011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 205
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; be, 'tis, that, in, by, of, for are repeated.

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

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