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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcdc eded fdgd gbhb ihjh dbfb Xbgb ghih bkbX fiji dXXX fibi hlfl adhd bhih hifi baba gmam lcbc jhbh hcfX dihi gkhk ided Xhfh jhah jfff eidi fmbm biXi ddgd ahah jfif jhah jcfc hdbd hnjn XXil jnXnXebeb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 001001010 10001110 10101101 10111010 11001 10011010 1001101 10101010 11101 10001010 10100101 10001010 11001 10101010 10100101 11111110 00101 100101010 10011101 10111010 00111 10111010 1010111 101001010 01101 01101000 1010101 10101010 101001 10101010 11100101 10101001 111000 11111010 1010101 101010010 00101 10100010 1011101 111010100 11101 11101010 1110101 1011100 00111 00111010 0010101 10001111 100101 10111010 1011101 00111010 11101 101110100 1010111 10101010 11111 100110110 1010101 10111010 10101 111101110 1110101 11011010 11111 101101010 1110101 11111011 10011 100110010 1011101 11111110 11101 10111010 0011001 10101110 10101 10110010 1110100 11101010 10101 10101101 1011111 10101010 1110 10101010 1110101 11101010 10101 10001010 0011101 11101010 00101 10111010 1110101 10101110 11101 10101110 1011101 10101010 10101 10111010 0010101 10001010 10101 101010010 1011101 001001010 100101 10111010 0010101 10111001 101001 1011001010 1010101 100101110 10101 11101010 1110011 10111010 11101 1011110 1110101 10111010 11111 1011101 1010101 1010111 11111 10111010 1000101 10101110 111001 11111110 11111001 100101110 10001 10011110 1010101 1101010 10100 00101010 1010100 10101010 11001 00101010 1011101 10101010 00111 001001110 1010101 100001010 10111 11101010 1011111 11101011 00101 10111110 0110101 11111010 00101
  • Amount of stanzas: 41
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 116
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 162
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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; which, and, of, all are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words every, that, and, more, all, not are repeated.

    The author used the same words o'er, not, if at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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