This is an analysis of the poem For Whom The Bell Tolls that begins with:

PERCHANCE he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he
knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abacadXeffXXghfdigcdefjkbaXilgfkggafflXjicXXlddaiebcfgbah
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 57,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011110111011111 110111101111111 11011111111011111 111100111111110 10101010111010111 101011110001110 01111101101001101 01111100001101011010 11110011100111110 01101011011111100 11100110100001010 110010101010101100 0101101010111110 111111011100100 01010111111101 011111011001111001 0101110111001011 0101010101010100110 111111111111110 11010110010111010 111001100010110100 10100010101101 100101010101111 111100011011001000 01111110111010 101110100110101010 1111010100011111 110111010001101 011001010111001001 1111010011010111 101001011111110 1010110110010111101 0011101001001100 11101100100011001001 001000100100101011 011000111100100001 11001001110110101 1010010111010111 111010111011011 1101110010010010100 0100111011000010011 110100110100110 10001101000101001000 01010100010111011 010011101001101011 10101111111010001 1010010100101111 10010100100101111 1010100100010001001 1010001000111101101 1101001011011110 1100101100101100 1100110110111100 010111011101010 01010001010111100 101011011111011001 1101100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 4021
  • Average number of words per stanza: 717
  • Amount of lines: 57
  • Average number of symbols per line: 70 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; that, for, i, and, may, all, one, some, by, as, it, who, to, his, of, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word first is repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines is is repeated).

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