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

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b ccddeeffgg cchhddii ffddjjgggg eeXX ggiiggcciikk ffggddgg ccaXlliiddcciiggff jjiiddccggcccc iiggiijjii mmggccggffddgg jjiidddnaXff ggffddiigg iiXajjiiaaff cciiggddiiaajjiiggddccggddiiggii aaiifflliiaaffmmmmooiidd iiXXffiiii ccchppggcciihhcchhggff hh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,10,8,10,4,12,8,18,14,10,14,12,10,12,32,24,10,22,12,16,8,18,4,24,32,15,16,10,12,8,4,24,10,20,20,14,12,16,6,8,10,12,20,4,26,30,10,20,14,14,18,16,18,4,18,6,30,10,20,21,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
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  • Amount of stanzas: 62
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 642
  • Average number of words per stanza: 113
  • Amount of lines: 863
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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, rocha, to, his, with, death, by, savage, in, their, our, thy, that, or, what, for, they, me, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, some, our, his, why, to, a, where, each, he are repeated.

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