This is an analysis of the poem To The Town Clock that begins with:

Thou grave old Time Piece, many a time and oft
I've been your debtor for the time of day;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcacaddddd ededdfdf dgdghdhdijij jfjfdjdXdfgdf affaabbddaffa kkcbbcbbjbbjb aabbbbbllXffXX ababmemee gdgdebbebXff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 13,8,12,13,13,13,14,9,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11111100111 1011010101 11001111101 1101111101 11010001010 111011100001 11111101010 1111010101 0101010111 1010111001 1111011111 1101111101 0111001101 010100110001 0101000101 1111011101 1111110111 1101111101 1101110001 1111011011 1111010001 1001110111 1111110101 1001110001 11010100111 1100010101 1111010001 110010101101 001011101101 110101 11010101010 11100101 01000101010 11010011101 1101111111 1101110101 1101011111 1101 11110111010 1101111111 00110010011000 1101010110 11010 111111 0101 11010011010 11001000101 1111 1101011111 1101001101 0101 0101010011 0111111011 1111011111 1111011011 11011100010 01011 1111011001 11011111010 0101110101 1101011111 10010 10010010111 1111110101 01010 1101010101 1101111101 0101 111010110111 1111011001 010101 111101 1111010101 1111110101 1101 1111010101 1101 1101110101 1101010101 10110111111 11001101011 101101111010 011111001 1011111101 1101010111 011010110111010 1101011101 1111010100 1101010101 111111101011 0101011101 1111110111 110011011101 1111010010001 11011101001 00010 0101010101 110 1111010011 1111 1100010111 01011101 1101 11010111001 110011101010 1111000111010 11001111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 528
  • Average number of words per stanza: 87
  • Amount of lines: 107
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; time, and, thou, you, many, how, your, it, have, to are repeated.

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

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

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