This is an analysis of the poem The Splendid Shilling that begins with:

-- -- Sing, Heavenly Muse,
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime, ...

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXb cadeaafagheiaicdjckiiaXafcadidjeXX lddaglmmfiXenlmgmamigcmaajfnimajf bdihXXdfogXaafaeldaaaamha abgmikdiggajfiiamkjeig XanbfdmglgagagoobXgkmmXaafdjg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,34,33,25,22,29,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11001 1100010111 01010110010 1001110111 0101010101 0101011101 1101111101 1001110101 0100111101 1100011101 01011101001 10110111001 1001111101 1111111101 11010010101 1111010001 1101010011 0101011101 101011101 1101011111 0101100101 1011010111 1101011101 0110010101 1101100101 1101010100 1011001101 1100010111 101001011101 0101101101 11010010001 01011111001 1100010101 10010011101 1001000101 1110011111 0101010110 11110101001 0101110101 10010101111 0110010101 0101110111 01001111111 0111010101 1111110101 0100010111 01011100101 1101010110 1101110001 1101010001 1100110101 01010011101 11010101101 0101010011 1101010011 01001101001 1001011101 1101010111 0101010101 1001110101 0101010101 0101001101 1110010101 1101110101 0101010001 0100110101 0101010001 11010010101 0101011101 0101010101 0111011101 01011001001 0101110111 1010011101 1001110101 00100011101 1000100101 1101010101 11010100101 1000110101 11010100001 100011101 10001011101 0101010101 0100111101 0100010101 1111110101 01010010101 1101100101 0101010001 1001010101 1101000101 10100010101 1001011001 1101000101 1111110101 01100110101 0110011001 0101110101 11010101001 0111010101 0101010101 01010001001 1011110101 1101101101 0111011101 11001010101 1101010111 1111100101 110111111 1101110101 1001010101 1101110101 1001110001 1001010101 0101110101 1101010101 11110101100 1101101101 0111010101 1110110101 1101010001 0101110101 1100011101 0101010101 1101101101 11010010100 110001101 1011010101 0101100101 110010010101 0101010111 110111111 10101101 0100101001 1101100101 1101010101 1101010001 0101010101 0101100101 1001010101 0100101101 1111111111 11010100110 0100110101 0111000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1093
  • Average number of words per stanza: 169
  • Amount of lines: 147
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; or, and, nor, of, they are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words with, my, of, or, nor are repeated.

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