This is an analysis of the poem Sumner that begins with:

O Mother State! the winds of March
Blew chill o'er Auburn's Field of God,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcX dede fgfg bhbh bbbb ijij klkl dgXX mbmb bfbf nlnl fjfj ohoh nmnm dbdb pbpb bkbk ifif flfl mbmb hbhb XqXq rmrm mbmX ilil lblb mmmm bkbk bmbm nsns dldl fmfm hlhl dhdh bmbm aXaj imim mdmd lblb dgdg dXdg Xmdm obob fmfX jrjr Xlil fmfm hehe bmbm bjbj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11010101 111010101 11010101 01110101 11011101 110100111 11001101 01011000 11010101 11010111 11010101 011101011 110100010 11010101 10110111 010101001 11010101 01011111 00110111 11001100 1100101001 01011111 00100111 00101001 11010001 11110111 11010101 01010101 11111101 11010101 01011111 01000111 100110101 11010101 010111110 11110111 11010101 01010101 10110111 01010101 10110101 01010101 011101001 11011111 11011111 11011101 10110101 011101001 01100111 11110101 11010111 11110101 01011111 01010101 010100101 01010001 01110101 01110101 111110101 11010101 01010101 11000101 01010101 10010111 11010111 11000111 11010101 010000101 11100111 11011101 01000101 01010111 01010101 11001101 111101001 01011111 11110111 11000111 01011100 11010101 01010001 010000110 10010101 10010101 11010111 01011111 01101101 010011001 011100100 110101001 01011110 01111101 00010111 01010111 11010001 01110111 11100101 001100011 100101001 01010100 11110101 11110101 01110101 11100101 10010111 01011101 01010001 00110100 01011101 01000101 11010111 110110101 101101001 010010111 01100001 01100111 11111101 11011100 11110101 10000101 11110111 11010101 11111111 01010101 11111101 1100101001 110100101 11010101 11010101 10110101 11010101 11010111 11010111 01010101 01010101 01010101 11010101 01010011 11011101 01100100 110101101 01011101 01010101 01000101 01110001 11110110 010010111 01010101 010010111 010010101 110101001 110110111 11011101 11010101 111100101 11110101 01011101 01010101 110111001 01110101 01110101 01110101 11111101 11001001 11011110 11111110 10111110 11110001 111110000 11011100 11001111 11010111 01110111 01010101 01110001 01100011 01110101 01010101 11011101 11010101 110100111 11010111 01110100 01110111 11010110 010101010 110001001 110001010 11001101 01010101 11111101 01110111 01110111 11001111 11010001 01011101 01000111 01110101 01000101 01001101 01010101 01011101 01110101 01011101 01010001 01011101 10010101 01010111 11110101 11111101 011111010 11011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 53
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 212
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; of, thy, in, to, that, he, his, for, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, he, the, his are repeated.

    The author used the same words and, the, if, he at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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