This is an analysis of the poem The Hasty Pudding that begins with:

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  • Rhyme scheme: X a bbccbbdeXcffaaggggXhiiffjXjjddkkddjjbbeeiijjkkffbbddhhddaajjcchhccaahhbbbbddkkddhhbbi XkX lal hX mmbbkkXibbhigiXiinncXddiiiiXbiiXXhhbbaabbiihhooaaccccaaccjjiiiiiiibbbbbb X iieeoocciicciXggddggiiccbbhhbbffccbbgggghhiippddqqffppkkbbccccgghhccaaccbbrr
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,85,3,3,2,72,1,104,1,111,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0100110 101 11010101011 0101111001 11011101101 1101110001 11101010111 0101110001 1101110001 01010001010 01011101010 1111010101 1111111101 1101010101 1111011101 11010011101 1101110111 1100111101 0101010111 11011010111 0101110001 0101010001 11110101001 1101010111 1101010101 11110101011 1111001101 1111010101 111101001 1101110011 11010000101 1111011101 0111010101 11011100111 0111010101 1101011101 1110010101 1101110101 1101010001 1101010111 10110101010 01010101010 010101001101 1001110001 1111010001 1011110101 0111010101 1011010101 1101010111 1101000101 0000110111 1101000101 011011101 1101011101 11010100101 0101110101 11001111101 110101111101 11010110001 0111011001 110011100101 1111011111 1101111111 1111110001 1111010101 1101110111 1101000101 1001110101 1001011101 1101110101 0111010101 1101010001 1101110111 10110101001 011101001010 1101011010010 1111001101 01001111111 0111111101 11010011001 1111011101 1111110101 11001100101 1101111101 1111001011 010010111001 1011010101 100 10101 100 1011010111 0101010011 1 1101110101 0111110110 11001010101 11011011001 1101010111 01011100110 1111001101 0101110101 1 1 010101001 0111010101 0 1 1111010 1 0101110110 1100011101 0101110101 1011110001 1101010101 1101000111 0101010001 1001010011 01010100101 1101111101 0111010101 1111010101 0101010101 01001111101 0111010101 0101110101 1101110001 11010011101 0101011101 1101000101 1111011101 1011110011 11010010111 1101000101 1101111101 1101110101 11010101001 0111110101 1101000101 1101011011 11110101001 0101110111 0111010101 01001110101 1111010101 1011000101 1111110101 1101000101 1011010111 1101111000 1111010101 1101110101 1101011101 1111110101 0111011111 0101110101 0101010001 0101010101 1101011101 0111010001 01000111001 011110101 0101011101 0101010101 0101111101 110100101001 11111100111 0111111101 101 0101110101 0101010101 01110101010 110111011010 1001011101 01010101001 1011110101 1101010111 1101000101 0101010101 01001110101 1101010101 1111010101 1101000110 1011010101 0101010101 0101010111 0101010101 0101011101 1111110101 1101011101 1101110101 1101010011 1101010010 11010001111 1101110101 1011010101 0101110101 0101010101 110100100101 0101010111 0111110111 1111111101 1101110011 1001010111 1011010101 1101110101 1101000101 11010100011 1101110101 01010100101 1101010101 1101010101 1011010101 1111001101 0010010101001 0101010101 1101010101 0101000101 1101011101 0101011111 1101011101 1001011101 1011110101 0101010111 010101110101 10101111101 1101010101 11010101001 1101010101 11010001001 0111010101 0101010101 0111110101 1101011111 1011000101 0101010111 1101010111 1011010101 1101110001 0101110101 1101110101 0101110101 10001110101 1101110101 0101110101 1011010101 0101010111 01001010101 1011010101 1101010111 0101010011 1101011101 1001010101 1111110101 0101010101 1101110001 0101111111 1101010111 11110000101 1101011111 0111111101 0101010111 01001010001 0101011101 10010010101 1101010101 1101010001 1101010111 0101010001 01001010101 11001010001 1011110101 1011010101 101 0111110101 0011010111 11010100101 11101011001 1101110101 00101000 10 1 0101111111 11110101001 1011110001 0101000101 1111111101 10010101001 0111010101 0111010101 0101100111 1011010101 01010100111 1111110111 11110100111 0111110101 1101110101 1101110101 1101111101 1101010001 10001110111 0111010101 1011010101 1111011101 1101110101 0111010101 0101010101 0101010101 01011110111 01111100101 1111000101 1011010111 1011110101 11010110101 1100100101101 0101010101 0101011111 0101110101 1001010101 1111110101 1100111101 11001001101 1111110101 1111110101 1001010101 1111010001 0101110101 0110011101 1011110101 11010101001 1111111101 1001011111 0101111101 1111110111 1111011101 11111011001 1111011101 11110100101 1101010101 0101010101 1011110011 10101110101 1111110101 1101011111 0001010111 1101110101 1101110001 1011010101 1101010101 1101011101 1101010101 1111011111 1011010101 1111110101 1111111101 1001011101 0101010111 011110101 0101010101 0111010101 1101000101 1011010101 0101110101 0101010101 0110111101 0101010101 0101010101 01001010101 0111010101 1101110111 0101010101 1101011101 0111110101 1011111111 0111000111 1011010101 0100010001 1101011101 1011001101 0101010111 1011110111 1001011110 1111000101 1101011111 0111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1518
  • Average number of words per stanza: 273
  • Amount of lines: 389
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; to, i, in, and, her, as, my, nor, thee, his, their, then, he, how, oft, your are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words let, the, to, then, a, how are repeated.

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  • summary of The Hasty Pudding;
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