This is an analysis of the poem A Letter From A Candidate For The Presidency that begins with:

Dear Sir—You wish to know my notions
On sartin pints thet rile the land;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaXXbXb XcXXdXXc efefddXd XXXghbhb cecebcXc icicXjXj aXaXcbcb akaklclc hXhXcXXX mcmcXnXn d XoXodXdc XcXchXhgdadbl XXbkcXXXk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,1,8,13,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101110 11011101 110111011 11011100 001101110 11111001 111110010 00011101 100110100 11010001 110101000 0110111 111001110 11011011 11111000 11111101 101101011 11010101 110111101 11011101 111101010 11110111 110110010 11110101 010101010 10100101 110111110 11111101 110101010 110100101 010101010 11010111 110111010 11011110 101111000 01110101 111011010 11010111 110001110 01010101 011101010 11010111 111111010 11110101 111111010 11110111 110110010 11110101 100100110 111111101 111111011 11110101 11100110 10110101 111111110 01010011 111011010 11010101 111101010 01010001 10111010 11010111 110101110 10110101 100111010 01101000 111111010 01011110 111100110 11111011 101101110 11110111 101100110 01010101 110111010 01010001 111111000 11010101 011110100 10010011101 11 110111000 11110111 110101110 11001101 111101011 11011111 11101011 10011101 110111010 110100101 11111110 11110101 1011010010 01110101 011011011 11110111 1001 0100010010100001001010 01110010101000010101001 111100001001010010 11010 1101000101011000101 111110101001000111001 111101100111001011 1011111101001101111 1111010010110101 101110101110111001 1111011000101000 11101111101011011 1100011
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 295
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 111
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; i, it, an', to are repeated.

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

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

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