This is an analysis of the poem The Farewell Of A Virginia Slave Mother that begins with:

Of A Virginia Slave Mother To Her Daughters Sold Into Southern Bondage
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  • Rhyme scheme: X AAbbXbccAABB AAddeeddAABB AAffaaddAABB AAgghhccAABB AAggiiXcAABB AAXXaajjAABB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,12,12,12,12,12,12,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0001011000101001010 11111 0011111 1011101 1010111 1010101 1000101 1010101 1011101 11111 0011111 00101110 10111010 11111 0011111 11101010 11101110 10101001 11101001 10101010 10101010 11111 0011111 00101110 10111010 11111 0011111 1110111 0011111 1011101 0110101 11101110 11101010 11111 0011111 00101110 10111010 11111 0011111 0011111 1110101 00101111 11111001 0010101 1010101 11111 0011111 00101110 10111010 11111 0011111 1010101 1110101 11111001 1010111 101010010 1010111 11111 0011111 00101110 10111010 11111 0011111 10101110 1011110 1110101 1110111 1111101 0011101 11111 0011111 00101110 10111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 351
  • Average number of words per stanza: 62
  • Amount of lines: 74
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; gone, where, and, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words where, there, by are repeated.

    The author used the same word gone 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 them is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word daughters at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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