This is an analysis of the poem The London Lackpenny that begins with:

To London once my steps I bent,
Where truth in no wise should be faint;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaaXB cdceXbB aaaXabb fbfbbXb gXghhbb dhXhhbb ihihhbX aeaddbb XXhXgbB dbdbXbb daXXabb jXjXhXB XcbccbB kXkXhXb aXXgXXb aiaiiXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011111 11011101 011011111 001010101 1111011101 10011110 1110101111 11110101 11011111 11111111 10011111 010111010 11111111 1110101111 01011011 11011101 11111101 10101101 11111011 11110101 111110111 00101111 11100101 111100101 111111111 11100101111 11101001111 1110101111 100111101 010100100 110111001 111110101 110110111 110111101 1101011101 011011111 11001101 111101110 110111111 111111111 01111011 110101111 0101101111 1111111111 111111001 1100111101 101011011 111110001 1111011111 0110111001 1011111 10111001 110110111 10111111 01111101 1101011111 110101011 010101001 110010101 100101100010 111111111 101101111 1110101111 10011111 111011101 110110111 0101101101 10101010001 1101101101 110101111 11111101 0110101 101111010 11111111 1110010101011 11110101011 11101011101 11110011 1110111001 1011100101 11111100 1111111011 11010110111 1110101111 100101011 111110101 1111111 11110101 011111101 1101111011 1110101111 010011101 111111110 110110111 0101111101 110111001 1101000111 110101111 11110101 11111110 110100111 11111101 11110111010 1111011010 110101111 11011001 1001111011 011101101 1110111001 1101010111 1101111011 11011000111
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 270
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 112
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, i, my, me, and, ', one are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, one are repeated.

    The author used the same word then at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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  • summary of The London Lackpenny;
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  • history of its creation;
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