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

He leant against a lamp-post, lost
In some mysterious reverie:... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaXabab cddceece
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 110010111 010100100 01110101 111110000 100011101 01011101 10010101 11111101 01011111 110001001 01010101 10010100 01011101 01010101 01110111 11001100
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 274
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; his, and are repeated.

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