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

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X bbccddccee bbaabbffgghheebbhhii ffddeecc bbggjjbbkkjj ffkkjjjjbbjjffdd ggeehhbbeehh bbgghh Xkhhbbeeaaii aahheeff kkccbb aaeeee eeffjj llhhbbbbmmjj ffddhhbbhhXn ddbbff eejnddaaaaoobb bbffhh ddbbccjjppXf mmhhjjee ccjjggnn hhbbeebbcckkbb eeeehhhhjj bbe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,10,20,8,12,16,12,6,12,8,6,6,6,12,12,6,14,6,12,8,8,14,10,8,6,10,18,32,8,4,16,10,6,16,18,20,10,10,18,8,28,16,12,14,10,8,10,10,10,8,20,8,12,10,16,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
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  • Amount of stanzas: 57
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 524
  • Average number of words per stanza: 89
  • Amount of lines: 648
  • 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, europe, and, america, by, thy, from, their, his, to, her, no, nor, thence, my, our, see are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words its, the, by, her, what, no, thy, that, thence, his, from, see are repeated.

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

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