This is an analysis of the poem A Letter that begins with:

From Mr. Hosea Biglow To The Hon. J.T. Buckingham, Editor Of The Boston Courier, Covering A Letter From Mr. B. Sawin, Private In The Massachusetts... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a XXXbccdd XcXXXcddaaXXXcdXXefX gXfXaahhXheecXXXXXXXiXXcXcXXgXaXaaXXX iiXcXjXXiicXggXfXXXbiicjcceXccbbiiXXXX XciXaafXaXeXXXXXXi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,20,37,38,18,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010010100010001101100001010010001001011010001010100 0111001011101010 0111110111101110 1110111011100100 1101001000110110 1110101010101110 11100101110111110 101111111111010 110101110110010 011111111111110 1000111011111110 1001111010011101010 1001011111010110 110100111101010 011100010101010 010101111100110 110110011000010 11010101111111 011110111100110011 110111010100011 010011111101111 1111011111111010 111101111111010 111001100111110011 101101000101000 11011110110110 111111011101110 010001110111101 110111111111110 101111111000110 11011101011001 010101011101101 110011101010111110 111111011110100 110111011100010 11111101010110010 11010111100101010 1111101111110 1001000111110010 010101011101010 00010110101010 011101011111010 110110011101100 1111010111011000 111101010111000 111111010111100 1001110101010100 110101010101010 100100011001100 111111110100110 110010111110111 010010101011110 100100111111110 011101010111110 110111011101110 010111010100110 010100011001110 1101100111010101 011111110101110100 1101010111110100 0111110111111111 1101111101100100 01110100100011011100 010011110101011 01010111101010 1000 1111011111110101 1101110101011101 010001011001010 1101111111010010 1101010111011100 1110110111101111 1100010011010101 111010111110101 101101011101010 110011011101010 0111011111011110 11001001111111010 111110110010101 11010101111011100 1111011111111110 110110111100110 111110001111100 1000011011011010 1101010111011110 111101111101110 101101011110110 010111010101010 01011111111010 101001111001110 101111111101110 110111111101110 1110101111111010 111100111101110 111010011101110 110101011111010 110100101000010 1110110011111110 1111010101011011 11110011101010100 110101111101110 111100011011010 1101010101001111 0111010101011111 0101101111010010 110111011101110 1101011111111110 1010110010111100 110111011101111 110011111011011 101101011101101 11110101011011 1101011001101110 111101011111111 110101110111110 111110011101010 11010111111010100 11111101111011000 110001001111100 01010101 1 100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1263
  • Average number of words per stanza: 240
  • Amount of lines: 122
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; from, an', o', fer, to, i, ', sez, you, ez, our, 'em, they, thet are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words an', i are repeated.

    The author used the same word this 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 ', it, 'em, agin, 't, state are repeated).

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