This is an analysis of the poem The Columbiad: Book I that begins with:

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b ccddbeccff ggcceegghhXa iiddhhdd jjXcjjaajjhh ggggcchhXa ffkjjhhllggXjaamm jjeeXfhhjjnn kkXcmmeb aaXeccjj jjkkhhjj kkccnnhhffjjddjjhh aagX ccccggjjccmmii hhjjmXjjjj gXddgg hhjjjjmmaahhgg ccccaaaacchhXg ccccddhhgXhh aajjccddoohhhhddhh ddddeecccchh cXg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,10,12,8,12,10,17,12,8,8,8,18,4,14,10,6,14,14,12,18,12,10,8,8,14,6,7,8,12,14,16,8,6,18,84,28,12,10,10,20,14,8,12,40,10,18,8,18,18,8,10,24,16,12,8,6,16,12,14,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
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  • Amount of stanzas: 62
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 613
  • Average number of words per stanza: 104
  • Amount of lines: 815
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (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; of, and, that, in, first, their, its, his, my, to, who, thy, thine, no, from, ye, here, so, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, the, for, when, far, tho, no, a, here, ye, he, now are repeated.

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase thine connects the lines.

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  • summary of The Columbiad: Book I;
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