This is an analysis of the poem The Vision Of Echard that begins with:

The Benedictine Echard
Sat by the wayside well,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbb cdXd Xbeb cddd eafa faga faca gfhf Xiei eaXa cfXf gfXf ehch cjjj jfef Xdgd kfXf eafa ekek ccXc djgj cfgf lmim liei lbdb chch Xfcf Xngn XdgX mcgc chkh lXXf ghch eXXh jfef lknk Xblb ofkX jbcb ldXd ahfX daeX XhXX gXab gece cfff ojjj jfbX
  • 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,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101010 110111 1101010 0011001 1001010 110111 01011001 1101011 10110010 010111 110101101 0100111 1101110 10000101 0101111 1010101 1101010 100101 11010101 010111 10101110 111111 101010100 100101 1111110 111011 01110101 111101 1111010 111101 0111011 010111 110101 110111 1111111 111111 11111001 0110101 1111010 111101 1111110 1111111 1101010 011101 1111110 111001 1101010 110111 1111010 110101 1101110 110111 1101010 011110 1101010 010001 1110101 011101 1101010 110101 10101010 1101101 1100010 110001 1101011 110101 1101110 110101 1111010 110111 1111110 110101 1111110 010111 0110010 110101 11110010 110111 1111100 111011 1111110 110111 1111110 110111 1101010 011111 11010010 100101 10111010 110101 1101011 1100111 1111010 010101 11000101 010111 1111010 011101 01010010 011101 1101010 110111 110110 111001 1001010 010111 11010101 010101 1101010 010101 1001010 1000101 1100010 110111 01011010 010100 1101111 010001 1001110 0010101 1111110 110101 01010101 010101 1001010 011110 100001001 111101 100100010 110101 1001110 001111 1111110 011010 11110101 111111 10010010 111001 01010100 110101 1101010 010101 10110001 110101 1100110 101101 0111010 110101 1101010 011101 010110111 1010100 0111011 110101 11011111 010111 0111010 110111 11110100 101101 1111010 1100100 1101110 011101 1101011 010101 01011101 111000 1101010 010101 10110010 11010 1001010 110111 01000101 1100010 1101110 110101 0101110 110101 1101010 111111 10101110 101101 1001010 110111 0111010 010101 1101010 1111101 10110010 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 49
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 111
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 193
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, i, your, you, ye, not, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words have, for, its, the, he, and are repeated.

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

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