This is an analysis of the poem John Smith that begins with:

To-day I strayed in Charing Cross as wretched as could be
With thinking of my home and friends across the tumbling sea;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaacXddeebbaX ffbbggbbfffXcXaX ggeXeehhbbiijjaX ggXXbbggbbkkeeaX bbllhhbbggllggaa ddllffaabbllllaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,16,16,16,16,16,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01110101110110 010011110101001 111100111110001 111110101011011 01111101110111 11010111110111 110101011110101 110101100101010 11100001011100 010011010101001 11010101110001 11010101010111 01001101110111 01111110001001 01111101101101 010101001110 10110100110111 11111111010101 11111111111111 11111111111101 01110101111111 111111011001001 11111111011001 11010101111111 11111101011111 01100101100101 11111101111101 010001100110111 1110110110110001 011100101110111 11111101110011 010111001110 01111101110101 1111011101111 1011111010101001 11010101010111 110111000101001 11010101010101 101110111010101 1011100011010101 11011101011101 11111111011111 1110101010101010 1010101010101010 11101010111101 111011001010101 11111111111111 111111111110 1110111010011 001010101011101 101011100110101 0101110111011 11111111111101 11010100110101 111000111010011 1110100111111 101000100010101 101010101010101 11010101110001 11010111110111 11110101110001 111101111100101 10010101010011 11011101110 11111111110001 11010101111101 1111110000010101 001110101011111 11110111111111 11010011010101 001000101010101 0010000101011 101001101111101 11010101110111 11111111111101 111011101110101 011111001110011 111010100010101 101011101010101 10010101010001 11111111110101 11011101111101 11011001011111 11010101111111 11111111110001 11110111110001 11010100010101 11111100110001 10110001010101 111101000100101 10010101010111 10010001100110 1001010001110001 11010111010101 110100111111101 010100111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 952
  • Average number of words per stanza: 183
  • Amount of lines: 96
  • Average number of symbols per line: 59 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, in, for, and, i, knew, him, to, you, where, whar, yore, that, of, old, our, name, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, i, and, whar, of, all are repeated.

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

    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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