This is an analysis of the poem The Sinner And The Spider that begins with:

Sinner.
What black, what ugly crawling thing art thou?... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b a a a a a acc a ddccaX a eeaaffddffcc a eegg a ffeeaaaXccccbbgg a Xeee a ccaaeeeebbddcccchheebbeeeeiijjeekXXfccggjj a Xa a eeeejjffaaee a aa a eeggjjffeejjeeggffeeeeeekk a gg a kkXaeeddcceejjaleeeekkddaacceekkaakkXXlleeccaaaaeeXahhcc aXeebbgggg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,1,6,1,12,1,4,1,16,1,4,1,42,1,2,1,12,1,2,1,26,1,2,1,56,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10 1111010111 10 11010 10 01011001010 10 11011001110 1101001010 11000101010 10 1101101101 1101110111 1101101010 11011111010 10110100110 01011110100 10 11110101011 11111111011 11111111010 11011101010 1111111101 10111001101 1110010111 1101111111 1111011101 11010011101 11011100010 11111111010 10 110011111011 01010100011 1110011101 1111011101 10 11001100110 11111101010 01010111111 10111101111 11110101010 11010101110 11111011010 11111110100 11010011010 11010111010 11110101010 11111110110 1111110011 1011001111 01100111010 11111000010 10 111010100 1111010101 11111011111 11101111011 10 111111111 0100011110 01110101010 11010101110 11111101111 11110111111 11011101111 11111101111 1011111100 1101011101 11011110010 01111111010 11110101010 1110101010 0110011101 1101111101 0111010101 0100010001 01110001111 1010011110 1101110011 1111110101 01010101111 10111101011 1111110111 1101001110 1101010111 0111010101 1101011111 1101010111 1101000111 1110010100 1111111100 1001010100 110100101010 1100111101 01110111010 11110111010 0111001101 1101011101 1111111100 1111111101 10 11111000100 10111110010 10 1111111101 0101110101 1111010100 1011011111 1111010111 1101011101 11011111011 0111111101 01111111010 01110101010 1101011101 1011110001 10 11011111110 01011101110 10 1111110111 1011110010 1111100111 1101011101 11111101010 11110101010 1110010111 1111010101 1110010111 011101010 11111101010 01110101010 0101110111 0111010111 1011110101 1111110101 1111111111 1101011101 0111010011 1111110101 0111011111 11110101111 1011110101 1011010101 1111010101 0110110101 10 1101101011 111010111 10 1101011101 0100011100 11011111110 11111111110 1111010111 1111111111 1101010111 0101111111 1001011001 1001010111 1011010101 1001100100 10111101010 01111101010 11010001010 10010100101 11110111011 01100111011 1011010111 1111111101 1110011110 1111011001 1111010111 1101111001 111101001010 11101011010 0111100101 1111110111 1111001111 1101011001 1101111111 1101100101 11111110010 10010101010 0001010001 1001111101 01110101100 11110101100 1111011111 1111101101 1101110111 1111110111 1111000101 0101011101 11011011010 11110101110 11101101110 11110111010 1001011111 1111100011 10111111100 11110111010 1001111101 1111111101 11011001110 11011101010 10 1101011101 1101110011 1101011101 1111011111 1111110101 11110101101 1111001101 1111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 34
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 252
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 215
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; my, i, thy, of, thee, thou, to, spider, in, they, me, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words my, i, thy are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines spider, thee, it, me are repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word spider 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 words/phrases spider, they connect the lines.

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