This is an analysis of the poem At A Vacation Exercise In The Colledge, Part Latin, Part English. The Latin Speeches Ended, The English Thus Began that begins with:

Hail native Language, that by sinews weak
Didst move my first endeavouring tongue to speak,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbccaaddeeeeffggeeggeedXhhhbffccXdhhgggghhbhffeeiXddeejj khh llddffmmccnnbbeeooggjjoXppcXiiee kj kkhhllddjX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 58,3,32,2,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101011101 11111000101 1101010101 1100111101 1011000101 11110011001 1101111101 1111101101 11001111101 11111101111 1110010001 0111110101 1001011011 0101010111 1111011111 1011011111 11110111010 10110111010 1111011101 1111100001 11110111010 110101101010 1111011101 1101011101 110111101 1111001110 1111010111 1100010101 1111001001 1100110011 1111111101 0111110011 1101010111 0101011111 10111101 11010100111 10001100101 0101010111 01010001010 11010101010 1110011110 1101110110 1111111101 01010100101 1101011101 1101000101 1101111101 1101100011 0101111001 1110011101 11000100100 010111100 1111011111 1001110101 1101111101 01010010100 11011100101 1001110111 110101011000010001 11001011100010 1111001 0101111111 0101010101 111111001 1100011111 1101010111 1111011101 1101101111 0101010100 1101011111 1101110101 0101110101 1101110110 1011110101 11110101101 1111111001 10100101100 1101011111 11001111100 11110101010 100001101110 01110011110 110010110010 01011101010 11010101110 0101011001 1111100101 1111011101 01001110101 10100100100 0101111100 11011110101 1111101001 0110011001011010 11101 1001101001 011111111 1111111101 01010101001 1101110101 1101100101 11101011 1101110101 1101110101 1101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 953
  • Average number of words per stanza: 167
  • Amount of lines: 105
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; i, and, to, of, them, he, his, what, or are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines thee, them are repeated).

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