This is an analysis of the poem On The Report Of A Monument To Be Erected In Westminster Abbey, To The Memory Of A Late Author (Churchill) that begins with:

Bufo, begone! with thee may Faction's fire,
That hatch'd thy salamander-fame, expire.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abccddeeffggggeeXfabhhffffcceeiiffffXeggjjbbjjeekkeeccggjjcckkccffggeeeejjllffhhccddffkkjjmXgXccnnookkddeecchheeppcckkjjmmmmffeeeeccbbeemmffggddee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 146,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10100111010 1111010101 1101000101 1111110110 1111011101 10110010111 11010101011 0111110101 01110010101 0111100001 01100010111 110010111001 1100110101 1100010011 1100010101 1101011111 11010101100 1101010001 00011101010 11010101001 01110010001 1101010101 0111010001 0111111101 1111010101 1101001101 1101010101 1111011111 00011110001 1101110001 10110011001 0101000101 11011101010 1101011101010 000110100101 1101110101 1101010101 0101010111 0001110001 01110010101 10110010101 1101011001 110010111001 0101010101 1111001101 1101010101 1011010111 1101010101 00010101001 010010100101 10001110001 100010111001 1001100111 1001010101 11010100101 1101010001 1101010101 1011000101 1001010101 1111011011 01101100111 100010111001 1001010101 0101110101 0111010101 1100010001 10011110101 1001110001 0101110001 11001110101 11110101001 1101000101 10101110101 1111000001 1101011101 1101010011 1011111001 1011110101 1011000101 01011101001 11111100101 1111010101 10110100101 11010101001 1011011101 11010010001 0101010111 1101010001 11001010101 11011011101 1101011101 1101101110 11110011101 11010111010 11001110101 1101010001 1111010111 1101110111 1111111101 01110100101 01011100101 1101010101 1111110101 11110101001 0100111101 11010011001 1101001001 1011000101 1011010101 1001011101 11001101101 10001010111 11000010101 01010010001 1101010101 1100100101001 1111010011 11010011101 1101011111 0100001101 0101111001 0101110100 0100100101 1001010101 01001010101 01001000101 0101011111 110010101001 1101010101 00101011101 1011110111 1111010001 1101010101 1101011101 10010101001 01010101001 1101110111 1011010011 1101010101 1101010111 1101010101 1111110101 1011010101 1111111101 10010101001 1011111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 6626
  • Average number of words per stanza: 1100
  • Amount of lines: 146
  • 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; and, by, for, in, of, to, thus, though, thy, from are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words with, for, and, to, thus, from, nor are repeated.

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