This is an analysis of the poem Jonathan To John that begins with:

It don't seem hardly right, John,
When both my hands was full, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababCdXdXaeaeCdcdX aeaeCdbdX aeaeCdcdX acacCdXXX afafCdXdX agagCdadX agagCdXdX ababCdadX ahahCdXdX ahahCdadX adaXCdhdX afafCdgdX adadCdedX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111011 111111 0110011 110111 11011111 110111 11010101 100011 111111 1101111 111101 0101111 110111 11011111 110111 11110101 1110111 1001111 1111111 111101 1011111 011111 11011111 110111 11101011 111111 111111 1101111 111101 1111011 1011001 11011111 001111 11111101 110011 111111 1111111 110111 1001011 101111 11011111 110111 1101011110 010111 111111 1101011 11101 1111011 011111 11011111 110111 11011101 011111 111111 111111 010101 1101011 111111 11011111 110111 11010101 110011 111111 1101011 101111 0111011 100101 11011111 101111 11111111 110011 111111 1111111 0101010 11010011 0111010 11011111 000111 11010101 011111 111111 1101011 101011 1101111 010101 11011111 111111 10011001010 111111 111111 1111011 110111 1111011 1100101 11011111 010111 1101010110 110011 111111 0111111 111111 1101111 11011 11011111 110111 11011100 110111 010111 1001111 011001 1111111 110101 11011111 1110011 11011111 111111 111111 1101011 110101 0111011 011101 11011111 110111 11011111 111111 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 313
  • Average number of words per stanza: 61
  • Amount of lines: 127
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; john, he, an' are repeated.

    The author used the same word we 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 ' is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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