This is an analysis of the poem A S.S.T.'s Lament that begins with:

Would I were a profit monger,
Buying cheap, and selling dear, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababXbab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11001010 1011101 10011010 1111101 11011010 1110101 11101110 1111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 269
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; or is repeated.

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