This is an analysis of the poem Verses On The Death Of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D. that begins with:

As Rochefoucauld his maxims drew
From Nature, I believe 'em true:... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeX ff ddaaaacc bbggXX ccgg hhii ddbb eebbggjkggeecX hh bbee ddccbbll bbcc Xl hhddbbmmeebbddbbXjcceekkbb llbbgX ddbb ggiinX eX XebbeeeXiXcccXhhkk ggbbccbb jjcc fXbXggjXdXllbbggbX bXkX lleeddbX bb ggbbccggnX ooXdiibX ddXXddhh cchh Xjh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,2,8,6,4,4,4,14,2,4,8,4,2,26,6,4,6,2,18,8,4,18,4,8,2,10,8,8,4,10,6,18,38,18,8,12,20,16,16,20,8,8,8,16,4,20,20,4,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110000101 01010101 11010101 01010011 01011101 01111101 11010011 11011101 110101011 111101011 00011101 110101001 110101001 11010111 11110101 11011101 11111111 11111111 11110101 11111111 00010111 11110111 11010101 010011101 10110100 11110101 11010001 11011101 11001111 11010111 11011101 01011111 11011101 11010101 011101010 110101110 01010101 01010111 11010101 110010111 11010101 110001101 1101010110 111101010 11110001 111111010 01110101 10011101 11101101 11111101 01110101 11111101 11101111 01110101 01001111 11010001 11110101 01011101 11111101 11110111 11111101 11010001 01110011 11111101 001101110 111100010 01111101 11110011 110010101 10010111 11111101 011110110 01010111 11010101 11011101 01011101 10010101 11111100 11101101 11010101 11001101 11010001 11101001 01011111 01010001 11011111 11010101 01011111 1101010110 11010101 11110111 01010101 11110101 11010101 111101010 110111010 01011101 11010101 11001101 111100101 010010101 01010101 11110101 11110011 11110001 11010010 110111010 1101010010 11010101 11110101 01010101 11111111 11110101 11111111 11011101 10111101 010111010 11110111 11010001 11001101 01010101 01000101 11011101 110101110 11010101 11010101 11110001 01011001 11111101 11011111 11011111 10010101 1110011010 110101110 11110101 10011101 110010111 11011111 01110011 11111111 11011111 11010111 10010101 11110101 11100111 11010011 01010101 100111100 10010101 110101101 01010110 01110111 11111101 11111101 111111010 110101010 11010011 11010111 11010011 11011111 110101010 110111010 11001100 01001111 11111101 010001010 110101010 010111010 01010011 10111101 11010111 11110101 11011101 11111100 11110111 11010101 01010101 11110101 11010001 11010101 01110110 11111111 11111111 01010001 11001111 11010101 11101001 111101001 110111010 100101010 10110101 11110101 10011101 10011010 11010101 01010001 11010101 110010101 110101010 011101110 111111110 101011110 01010101 11111111 11010101 11111101 11010111 01101001 11010110 01011101 01010111 11011111 010010101 11010101 11110101 01110101 11111101 01000001 01110101 11000111 11011101 11010101 0101111100 111101010 11111101 11010111 01010101 11011101 11110101 10110101 11111101 11111101 10110001 010001001 11010101 11010101 11011101 01110110 11011101 11011111 01111101 111001010 11111111 11110001 110101001 11010001 11011101 10110001 110100010 010101110 11010101 01010101 11010101 0101101110 11011101 110110110 11010101 11110011 11000101 11100101 01011101 11110101 01110001 11010111 01010101 01110101 11110101 11111101 111111010 110101110 01110111 11010101 11010101 01010101 010111010 110001010 111100010 110101010 01011101 11010101 1010101010 1111001010 01010101 01111101 11010111 010010111 11010111 11010111 010100010 100100010 11110001 11010101 111111010 110101100 11010001 011100111 011101010 011111010 01111101 01010101 10100011 11001011 11111101 01011101 11100001 11000101 11010101 11010111 11010111 11111101 111111010 101111010 10010101 01010011 0101001 01011101 01011101 11111101 110111011 010111011 11010111 01010101 010101110 110101010 110101010 110101010 01110101 01111111 11010101 11011101 01010101 11010101 11010110 11011001 110010001 11010001 11001111 11111001 110101010 110101010 11010101 11010111 111111010 01100101 01010011 01010101 11001101 10110101 10110101 10110101 11011101 11010101 11010101 01111101 11110111 11111101 11110001 11110101 10001101 11011101 11010001 01010101 11010101 11010101 11001001010 01010101 110101010 110111010 11011101 11010101 11111101 11011101 11110101 11010101 01110101 11011101 111101110 110111010 110100101 01110011 11011101 01010101 010100010 110100010 01010101 01010101 010111010 110100010 11010101 11010101 11010101 100100101 010111010 010101010 011110001 10010111 01010101 1111101 110011010 1101001010 11001001 11000001 11010101 01011101 11000111 01110111 11010101 11000101 11110101 11010101 101101010 011101010 11110101 11010101 11001101 01110101 01010101 11011101 111101010 110111100 111101010 111111010 11010101 11100101 11010001 01010101 11011101 11010101 110101101 01011010 11100101 11010101 11011101 01011111 11010101 011001001 11010101 11111101 110111110 110001010 11110001 01011101 110101101 11010101 0100100101 11111111 01011101 01011101 11011100 11010111 01010101 01110001 11011101 0100011100 10110101 111110001 110101010 011111010 11010101 11011101 110100101 11010001 011011101 11110101 11011101 11010111 11011101 11011111 1100101010 010100010 11110001 11010001 110111001 01010111 110101010 010101110 11000101 11111101 11010111 01011111 11110101 11010011 110111010 110111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 49
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 345
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 518
  • 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; i, to, he, his, my, and, no, of, nor are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words how, he, his, i, that, for, what, to, as, nor are repeated.

    The author used the same words now, 'he 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 'em, him, it are repeated).

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

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