This is an analysis of the poem A Temperance Poem that begins with:

Inscribed To The Ladies
Mr. Lionel Lightfoot, a man, you must know, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbcdedeff ggcchhii jjiijX ddhhhh Xhkhllhhff ddimkXkkhhXXkkbX jjhhjjdd flkliinXddmmbb fXhXhhkcjjhXhh hhfXeXjj Xfeeddffhh nnfXhhaaaaffccaaoohhnn hhccbbhhhhhh ppkkjjkkXjjiihhpp
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,10,8,6,6,10,16,8,14,14,8,10,22,12,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010010 101001101111 111001110 001001011001 0010111010 111011111001 1111010011 01001001011 1011010111 111111111011 111011010001 11111001011 01001011001 01011011011 01010011001 01011111011 11011011001 110010011101 01111001001 11101001011 11001101101 11101001011 11011101001 111011001001 011110010011 01101001111 1011001101111 011010001001 10111011001 1010010111001 101101001110 11011111011 1111010010 011001101001 010010010 110110110010 110010010010 111010010010 0111011111010 01111001001 11101010011 111011101011 1011010011001 11111011101 0011110010110 11011011101 1010010110001 001001011011 0110001001001 01011001001 11111001001 1100010010100 0010011010100 111111101111111 11010011111011 010010100111 101011001011 11011011101 01111111001 1110010111110 011011011010 111101011101 101011011001 11101001101 11111001011 11111011011 011010010 11001011001 010010110 01001011001 11000101001 11111011001 010011011010 111001001101 01001001101 010011110010 111010100110 01001111101 01001111011 11101001111 010010100 11101001001 01011010 11011111001 11001101001 11001001101 1101101101 11111011001 11101011111 111111101001 11001011100 111101001111 01111011101 01111011101 11011011111 101001011011 01101001111 11001011001 11101001110 11101001011 100101001011 011010110010 001101001001 011110011011 01001001001 0010010001111 01001011101 11011001011 110001001001 11011011001 101111011001 11101111101 11101011001 01001001001 01111001010 11101001001 11001011001 110001101011 1011010111001 11001101011 11111001001 01101011001 11101011101 11011001011 11111011001 11001011001 11001011001 11111010101 010010010001 110010010001 01111011011 01001011001 1110100001001 11011011101 11001010001 11011001011 11011001111 11011011101 11101011011 111100011001 11111001101 111001010101 11011101111 01101001101 101001111001 111111011001 11001011001 11011011101 11101001001 01011011101 01011011001 01001001001 11111011001 11011011001 11000101010 111001101011 01101111001 11111111101 11011011001 11101011001 101011001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 493
  • Average number of words per stanza: 87
  • Amount of lines: 161
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, ', his, that, he, how, of, she, to, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, his, the, how, where, of, she, a are repeated.

    The author used the same word and 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 me is repeated).

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  • summary of A Temperance Poem;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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