This is an analysis of the poem Paradox. That It Is Best For A Young Maid To Marry An Old Man that begins with:

Fair one, why cannot you an old man love?
He may as useful, and more constant prove. ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccbbbbdddXeefXgghhiieejjhhXhkkggbbjjllffiigghhXXbbmmbbkkjXmmXXfXddmmggkk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 76,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111011111 1111011101 01001111000 1001000111 10011011010 10011111110 1101010101 1011110101 1101011101 1101110001 1101011001 1111010101 0111010101 10110111001 1101110101 110110111 1001110101 0100011100 1101010101 010100110 1011111101 1101010101 1101010101 1111011101 1101011101 011010001 1111010101 1101011101 1111111101 01101010001 1101010010 1011101111 0101010011 1101010101 1111011101 1101101101 1111010111 1101100100 0101011100 1110011101 1111000101 1111011111 1111000111 1111011001 1101110101 0111011101 11010100101 0101011101 1101110111 1101010101 1101011111 1001010100 1011011001 0111111101 1111110101 0111110101 1010110011 01111101101 1111111101 0111001101 110111101 0101111101 1101010001 111001101 1111101101 1101010100 1101110101 0111011100 1111010111 0100110101 1111010011 0111011010 1111010101 1101110100 1101111101 1101001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 3301
  • Average number of words per stanza: 597
  • Amount of lines: 76
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; as, to, you, nor are repeated.

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