This is an analysis of the poem The Friend Of Humanity And The Knife-Grinder that begins with:

Friend of Humanity
1'Needy Knife-grinder! whither are you going?... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: A XbXX cXde cefa gXhi jcgX b XXbh ekfi jXhX A ikdXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,1,4,4,4,1,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100100 10110101110 10011101010 11011111011 111110 10110101011 10110101011 1111111011101 110011 11110111011 11111000011 10011100010 110010 100110100011 100101010100 11010111110 110011 11110101111 10010101111 10011111111 110010 110 10111111011 10110101010 11111101110 110010 10011101100 10011101010 10100110010 111010 11010111010 11010101110 11111101010 101011 100100 11110101111 11110111010 10010100010 110010 101101010111000010010001010110100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 158
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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