This is an analysis of the poem Backwardness of the Present Spring Accounted For, May 5th, 1782 that begins with:

Last Wen'sday, when Jupiter rose to survey
The annual return and procession of May, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeXfggddhhXijjiiaahhggiikkggkkddddlliigghhmmnnkkhhiikkhhhkkXkXfXfXdaaffggddddaoppggffllqqXiiiggdddggggkkrrmmggkXskkkhhggXkXXhhttkkXghhffkkaohhqquusspcfffflXkk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 166,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011001001 010001101001 010010010110 110110010010 10100101100110 1010010111010 111010111001 11011101101 01011011001 101101101011111 11001101100 11101011101 011011110010 011110001010 011110111010 110011011010 001001011011 101001101001 110111011100 1101011010010 01111111101 111101011001 1010010111110 111010010110 111001111111 11111001101 111011101001 111110111101 001111111001 011101011001 11101001010 1010110010110 011011011010 1111110111010 11011111001 11111111001 11001001001 11101001011 111011110010 010110110010 011010010111 111010010110 1110010001010 010001110010 10100111010010 0011010011010 010010010010 1010011010010 111110111110 1111110010010 11001011101 01101001001 11001011001 111011101001 11111001101 11011001001 11100011011010 111010010110 111110010110 110110111110 1111101111 11011011101 101001011011 1111100101 111001001111 101101010010 1010010010110 110111010010 100010010110 110110110110 111011101010 11001010110 111111010010 110100010110 111010110110 101011101001 11001011001 1011011010010 1010010110010 1011010110101 111100001001 110110110010 111010110010 101011011011 101001011001 110110101101 1010111011110 11001111001 1110010111011 11001010011 1110110010101 111101011110 101001010011 100111111010 10011110001010 10110011011 101001011001 1111100010100 1110011010110 111110010010 110011110010 110010111010 1010111110010 101110111010 110110101010 111010110010 11011101011 100001101001 11110001011 1010111001101 110011010010 110110010110 11101001001 11111001001 111011011001 101001101001 101110010011 101001011001 111110010010 11001111101 1111011101 11001101101 100001001001 110010110110 11001111001 11001001001 11001111001 11001011101 1010110110010 110110110010 11011001001 11001011001 101111011011 11101011001 1011011010010 1010110011010 11011011101 101001001001 11100011010 111011001101 101011001001 101111001001 110010010110 110111111010 110110001001 1101101101 1100011010111 1110010011010 11011101001 11111011010 111011010011 11011001101 11101001011 11001001001 101101111101 101001101001 111010010010 1010011010010 11001001011 101111111101 1010111010010 1110100010010 101010010010 110011111011 1111110010010 111011111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 8226
  • Average number of words per stanza: 1455
  • Amount of lines: 166
  • Average number of symbols per line: 49 (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; and, he, his, you, her, 'and, their, of, with, from, to, wort are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words she, 'with, 'and, 'when are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines her is repeated).

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