This is an analysis of the poem Experience that begins with:

--A COSTLY good ; that none e'er bought or sold
For gem, or pearl, or miser's store, twice told :... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddeeffXcgXaaaa hhffddaaeeiXiihhaaccaadd ddiiddeeccddhh jjeeiiccXdcccceeaaaahhddkkddeeXhllmmccbbcXbbmmhh hhaaeeiijjXXaaddddllhh cciilleeeaahh ggeehhaabXaaeejjeeccllee XhhhaaddjjcchXggeebbnniihX ccaajjhhkkddaaeehhggmmcchhgg aaggaaoohheehhcdhhaahhdk b
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,14,24,14,48,22,13,24,26,28,24,14,16,8,62,21,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 01001110111 1111110111 11010010111 1111110111 0111010101 1101011101 0011011111 11110111001 1111011101 10110100101 1001111101 1111001101 1101010101 1101111101 1101010101 1101110101 0101011101 0111010111 11100011111 0101111101 0101000101 0101110101 0101010101 01010100101 0111010101 1101000101 1101110111 1111011101 1101010101 1101000101 0100010101 0101010100 11010100111 1111010101 0101010101 1111000101 1101010101 1101110101 1101011101 10011111001 1101110101 01001001101 0101011001 1101010001 1101010101 0111011101 1111010011 0111010101 0101111101 1101110101 1101011101 11011001001 11010100001 1101010100 1101110111 1101011101 10010010001 1001001101 1101100101 11010010101 10010101010 01010100110 10010111011 1101110111 0111010101 1101101100 1101010010 0101110101 01011100101 0101010101 11010011001 1101110011 1101010101 11001010101 1001010111 1101010111 10110100001 0101011101 1111000101 11010010111 01110111010 0111010001 10110111010 01110111010 11001010101 1111010001 0101110001 1101010011 1001010110 1101010011 11011100101 1101000110 0111110101 1101111101 10010100101 1101010111 0111010101 1010101101 0101010011 11011101111 1101110111 1101011111 1111010111 10101101001 1001010111 1001000101 11010100111 1101110101 0101011101 1001110101 1101110101 0111010011 0111110101 0101010101 1111010101 1101110111 1111010101 1101100101 1101010111 1111010101 01001010101 0101010101 0101010101 0101010101 11010001001 1001110101 1101010101 1101010101 1011010101 01001010101 11011100111 1111111100 1101110101 1011101101 1110010110 0101010111 1101100101 1101001101 01000110011 1101010101 10010000101 1101110111 1101000111 11001011111 1101011001 1111010011 1101010101 1001110101 1101101001 10100100100101 1101001101 0111001101 11110001001 111101000010 01111111010 1001010011 1101001101 0111010001 1101010101 11101010111 0101010101 01010010101 1101010001 1001010101 1101010101 1101111101 1101110011 1011110101 0111010010 1001010101 1101100101 11111100101 0101000101 0101110101 0101010101 1111011101 0101001101 11110001001 0101001101 1111010101 0011000101 0101010111 0111100101 1101001110 1101001101 1100011101 1101010111 1001010111 1111011011 1101011101 11111011011 0101110101 1001111101 1101010011 1110010101 1011010001 1101011101 0111011101 1111010101 10011101010 00110101010 1111010011 01011101001 1101010101 1011111111 010100100011 1101010101 0111110101 0101001001 0101010111 1100010011 0111000111 0101010111 0111110101 0101010001 1111110101 0101010101 0111110001 1101000101 11010100101 1111000101 1111011101 11110010111 11001111101 0111010111 1100110101 1101010111 0111011101 0101011101 1101111101 1101110111 10111101001 1101010101 1001011101 0101011111 11110100101 1101010101 111110011001 0111011101 1011110111 11101010101 11110101110 11000100010 1001010101 0111010101 0101011111 1101010101 1101000101 10001010101 0101011101 0101010111 0001010101 10010100101 11110101001 011101011011 1101011101 0101110111 1101110111 1011101101 1101011101 01011010101 1111011101 1001111111 1011010101 11010100101 1111010101 1101010101 1111010101 1101010111 1101011101 10101000101 11010100101 1111001100 0101111111 1101010101 1101110101 1101010101 0111110111 0101010111 1101010101 1101001111 10101010011 0011000101 10110110100 1101010101 11011111101 1011000100 0111111101 11001110101 0111000101 1111110101 1111111111 1101010011 1101010111 0111011111 1101110111 1101011101 1101110101 0111010101 11111100101 0111001101 1111111111 0100010011 0101011111 1011000101 1111011101 1101110001 1101010111 0111110101 0111010101 0101011101 0111010101 1101111101 1101011101 1101011111 1101011110 1111111101 1101010100 0111010101 1111111101 1111011101 1111011101 1101000101 1101000101 1111111100 1111010111 1110110111 1111110101 0111011101 1101011101 01010101001 1111010111 0101110100 1101110101 1100110011 1111011101 1101001101 1111110111 0111010101 1111110111 1111010111 1111011111 0111010101 1101110101 1101010101 1110010101 0110011111 1101010101 1101010001 01110100111 1111010101 01010111011 1001000101 1111111111 0011011101 11110101001 1111111011 1101110101 0111010101 11010100010 0111010111 11110100101 0100010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 944
  • Average number of words per stanza: 166
  • Amount of lines: 363
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; or, and, its, by, to, with, we, her, i, now, she are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, its, to, the are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Experience;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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