This is an analysis of the poem The Old Chartist that begins with:

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Whate'er I be, old England is my dam! ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbXdcd X efefgfg X dadagXg X ededhdh a hehebeb a hfhfXfX X ihihjhj X khkhlhl X didigig m ididmdm a hmhmkmk X dhdhjhj X ndndhdh X akakdkd X amamcXX X agagjgj X ohohdhd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,1,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 10010110011 1111000101 0100011001 1111011101 01010 1111110111 010101010 1 0100010111 0111110101 1111011101 1101110101 00010 0111011111 111101011 1 1110100101 11001110010 1111011101 0111110111 11010 01110110100 1101001110 1 1111100101 1101111111 1111010101 0111111111 10011 1101110101 110101011 1 0101110111 0111010101 11110010111 0101000101 01111 010010101 111101011 1 1111010011 11010100101 1101110101 1100110101 11111 01010111001 110111111 1 0101011101 0111010011 0101110101 0101011101 10010 1101111101 110101010 1 0111110111 1111010111 1111011111 1101011101 10011 1011010101 110001010 1 0111011001 1111011101 1101010111 1111001001 01010 1101110001 111010010 1 1111110101 0101011110 0100010001 1111010011 11010 1100010101 111101010 1 1111110111 1111110111 0100110001 1100010101 10010 11010000111 011001110 1 1011110111 1101011101 0111110011 0101011101 10110 1011001101 110101110 1 1101110101 1101011101 1110011101 1101011111 100110 0111111111 111101110 1 1101010111 1101110111 1111110001 1101011001 11110 11011100101 0100011110 1 1101000101 0111110001 1001010111 1111010101 10111 0100010100 011101010 1 1110110111 11110100111 1110110111 1101110101 10110 11100101001 111111010 1 1101000101 1101110111 1111110011 1101110101 11010 1110110111 111001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 34
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 136
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, her, for, my are repeated.

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

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