This is an analysis of the poem Two Sinners that begins with:

There was a man, it was said one time,
Who went astray in his youthful prime.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddeedd Xa ccdddd ffff gg hh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,2,6,4,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 110101111 110100101 10111101110 101001011010 110010111 1010101101 0100110101 001001111001 1101011001 00101011001 111000001 1010101101 1011011101010 101111111 110101101 0010100111 111101111 1110101111 1101001001 0101010111 0100101101 111100100 01011110010 11001110010 1000100111 10100110111 011100101 1011101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 173
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • 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; and is repeated.

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

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  • summary of Two Sinners;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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