This is an analysis of the poem A Description Of Mercy that begins with:

As when the cheerfull sunne, damping wide
Glads all the world with his uprising ray,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbccc cdXddXXX dbdbbeee fgfXgfff dXdXXbbb fafaahhh adaddXXi gfgffXXX dXdXXddd jajaabbb kgkggccc alallfff mamXalXn mlmnlooo aeXeeaaa jbjbbXnl pmpmmaaX afafXXaa lnlnllll bdbddhhh dadaaXaa acaccXcc gkXkkaaX fXfXbeee aeaeeddd eXXddaaa daXaaXbX XmXmmooo bXi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 110101101 1101000101 1101010101 110100011 0101011101 1001010101 01010110101 111001010101 11110110000 0100110101 1101010101 0101100111 1101010001 1111001100 10010111010 1111111101010 1101110101 1001010111 1101110101 1011011101 100111100101 1111010101 0101101001 111001110111 1111101101 111110111 1111010101 1111110011 1101010101 1010010101 1101001101 011101010111 0101110101 0111011111 0101110111 01110001111 11111100101 0001111110 11010111111 110111101111 10011010111 1101000001 11011010101 1111110101 1111110101 1101011111 01110010001 110111110111 10100011111 1011010111 11011011 0100110101 1101001111 100111010 1101011101 010111011100 1101010001 11011010111 1111010101 1101001101 1101101101 1100010101 111101010 1010010101 110110101 10011101101 1101011111 1011000101 1110111110 1101100101 1101010101 110011110101 0101011101 1001010101 111001111 011011101 0101010111 011000101 011111001 01010101011 0101011111 01001101101 1101010111 01011101101 10110111101 1101110111 1001110111 110111010111 1111111101 1111011111 1011011101 1011111001 1101111101 1111001001 1111010111 11011101101 0101010101 010110010 110100111 1101011100 011111010 1101110101 1001011101 010101101100 1101011101 1101010001 1101100101 01011100010 1101110001 10101011001 1001011011 110101110101 111111110 1011010111 1011110111 1111110101 1101010111 011111110 1101010111 11010111010 11000010001 1101011101 1011010101 1111010101 10010000101 1111010101 1101011000 1101001010101 100110011 0101011001 1101010101 0111110101 1001110001 11011111101 1101110101 0101011001010 0111010101 1001010101 1101000101 1101001101 0101000110 11010101100 0010000101 110101011101 0101010111 11010101010 01010110101 11010111110 11000111001 0101110101 1101011101 101001100101 11011101001 0101011101 1101110110 1101100111 0111011101 0101111101 0101111101 010101000101 100101001 1011010101 1001011100 1001011001 11001010101 111011010 1011110101 110101011101 111011101 0101001111 1001110001 0101010101 0101110101 110101101010 10010111011 100101110101 11010011001 1101110101 1101110101 1111111101 1101010101 0111011101 11001111101 11111010010 1100010001 110000110 11111111 1110010001 1101011101 1011011011 0101100101 110101010111 1001100011 0101011101 1001001101 1110111101 1111011111 1001010101 1011111111 110111010101 01110110101 0011111000 1101011000 0101101101 011010011 1001010101 1011010101 1101010101101 0111011111 1011110001 1111010110 0111010001 101101110 100101010 0100110101 101111111000 1111110101 1001111110 1100110101 1111011101 01010110001 1101010101 0001110101 110101110101 1111001001 00110100110 1001011100 1010101010 01010101010 0101011101 1111010101 010101010101 111010101 101111111 0111010110 111001001111 1001100111 0101100101 1011011101 111111011101 11010011010 1011010111 01011101110 1111011011 0101010101 1111011101 1010011111 110101110101 1111111101 1101111101 1001011111 1111011111 1101111101 10110101010 110010100110 1001110101000 11111111011 1101111101 10011111011 010111011 011111100 11110100010 10010101010 1100011100010 1111001101 1111010101 1101010101 111110111 011010001 0111111101 110101111 1111001110111 1011111111 11011010101 11110010101 011011111 1011001111 1111100101 10111100100 111101111101 1111111101 1101011101 0011111101 1111110111 0101011101 1101010101 01001010101 111111111111 1001010001 1001010100 0101010101 0100010101 0100111101 0111100111 011110011 010011010011 1101100001 0111010101 11010010101 01110100101 0101011111 1111010101 1101110101 110111010101 0111111101 1001010101 0101111111 10110101010 1111110111 1101010101 10010100111 101111100111 1111011100 111011101 11011010 1101011101 1101011111 01010101100 1101010011 11111111101 10010111001 1101010101 0101000101 1111010101 1101010100 1101010111 1111011101 110101100101 01010011101 011000101 0111001101 0111010101 1001100101 0111010101 10111100101 110111011101 1111011101 100101010 1101011111 010100100 11001010111 110110111 000100101101 110011100101 0101010101 011011101 11000101001 110111011 1110110101 11010100100 1101110101 1101010111010 111110111010 100100101110 11111011010 0101010111 1101110010 1111011101 0101001101 111101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 45
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 356
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 360
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; his, one, would, my, to, so, and, if, thou, any, him, thee, her, it, that, of, she, he, or, sinne, be, men, yet, their, sing, simeon are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, one, to, if, whose, of, or, he, the, their are repeated.

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

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

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