This is an analysis of the poem The Sale Of Saint Thomas that begins with:

A quay with vessels moored
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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcdefaaeghfbdbiejakgXjelaXafdalmffdXdjXhfbflffnacanabdlbbggopjXqfhoXflbllbrcblslelggolndgsbtalbladfkfjlsa gi jh haqfd bhfdjdfadb ghfohkdlqlucgdfi gvq ghf bh rf bg I be ebqeg biggoXfirjjbf djagbacjrsdefagdbaabtfrbajldgXggggdXvrra bi ggaqrdf birdh gghgd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,105,2,2,5,10,16,3,3,2,2,2,1,2,5,13,40,2,7,5,5,35,7,2,4,4,6,2,11,2,10,2,2,2,23,74,29,34,1,4,2,1,1,10,2,1,3,2,2,4,6,2,2,3,2,2,12,4,1,41,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010101 10 0100111111 0101011001 01100111000 1111111101 1011011111 1001011101 01111010100 11010010111 1101001011 1011111101 1101010101 1001110111 01010101001 11010100100 101001101010 1101010101 1001100101 01010100011 1110001101 0111001100 1100110111 0101111110 0111011101 0101010001 1110010101 1101111101 0101110111 0101000101 1101010111 1011111111 1101110111 0101101101 1001011101 01111011110 001100001110 10100110111 1101010101 1111011010 01010101111 0100010011 11101000101 0111000101 1011010111 1001010101 0110010111 111111101 01010110101 0110110101 0100111111 01000011111 1101111101 11110101111 1100010011 10100001011 01010101011 0110110101 1101011111 0101010111 0011010101 01100111001 1001110101 110100110110 1010000101 0111011100 11010011101 01010011010 1011010010 0101000111 0101000101 1100010101 1111000101 0111110011 10110101110 1100110001 1111110011 10010100111 1111111111 1111110111 0101011001 0011100110 10111000111 1101010101 11101010101 1011110001 01000101011 1010010111 010001010010 1111110111 11010111111 1101011011 1101001111 0111110101 0101010001 11010101011 1011010011 1001011001 0111010111 0001011100 110111011001 0100010111 1110010001 0100010101 10101010101 111011010101 0110 11111100 1011 11010001 101111 110000101101 0111000101 1011011101 111100101 10 11110011111 1001110111 0101000101 0111001101 10010101110 11101111111 1111010101 01010111010 0100011111 10 1101001111 1110011100 1101111111 010001111 1101011111 0111011101 1101010001 110111001101 0110110101 1101101001 1111010101 11100101101 11101010101 10110010011 1111110 10111 11001001100 101101101 10 11110101001 11111111111 10 111111 1001110 1111111111 10 111111 100100 10 111010 101110 1111111111 11111101001 01010011110 1111001001 10 1111110100 10 1111011001 1101010101 1001110101 11001110101 110100011010 0101111111 010100101001 11001011101 10 1111 10010101 1101010101 11010100101 1101011001 1100010111 0011010101 0101000101 1011101001 11011100101 1001111001 11001010100 1001010100 0111111101 0101010101 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1011110100 1101111001 111101 101001 001101100101 10110011001 10111101001 1111010101 1101010101 10 11111 10110101 0100111111 10101110101 11011100110 1010010111 010101111110 11010010101 1011011011 0101010101 110111101111 110101101001 10 1100010111 10 111100101010 1111010111 1001100111 0101110110 1000110111 1100101001 1101010111 1111001101 11110011 1011 1011 10110101 10111 10111100 0101111011 10 10111111001 1100110101 0110010101 11001011101 1001011111 11110111010 1101010001 1101011011 11010101010 11010111100 1101010111 1101011101 1011010111 0111010100 0110010001 11010111101 1111010111 11011001010 1101011011 1110111110 1111011111 1010110100 1001 1111111110 1010011101 110100111000 1011010101 0101010010 1001011101 0110010101 1101011101 010001001111 0101110111 1101000011 1111010101 1111000101 1101010111 01011010001 11101101101 0001011001 0101010011 11011110100 010100101011 1101110111 01001101101 01101010110 0101011010 1101011111 11011101011001010101 10010111101 1101110101 111100100 10010111010 0111010011 110010111110 1110111101 1101111101 01111011000 1111111111 0100101111 1011011101 1111010101 1100010111 0111111101 1011010111 1011011111 11110111101 01000100110 1101011111 1111011011 0101001101 0100010001 1011010011 0101101111 1100110101 1011110101 10010010111 0110101011 1101010011 1111001101 010010011001 1000110100 1001010111 11010100111 1010010101 11010101001 100100101011 1010001010010 011100111010 10011000010 1101010101 1010010100 11011100101 10011101101 0101010100 01000010101 1101010111 1111101100 1101010111 01000110101 0101110011 00010101010 1101011011 1010011001 11110100101 1101111101 0101100101 1101110111 0101011100 10110101011 10110100101 010111011001 1001111101 01001001100 101001010010 11110011111 1111001111 1011011101 1000010101 100100110010 1001010101 101100010010 1111011001 11111100111 10010100101 11111111001 0100011001 0111110001 010110011 1111011101 1100111011 01010100111 010110001110 0101011111 1111100010 1101011101 10100101110 1111111101 001100101001 11011111000 101110101001 100100010001 10011100101 0101110111 0101010101 1100111111 1111001101 0100101010011 11010111001 0100101001001 1110010101 100111001001 0101100101 11010011101 101011001101 00110000101 1001010001 1111000101 11111101 1011 10 111110101001 0101011101 11010110 10111 11111 10111010 11100101010010100101 10 1101010111 1101000101 01011011111 10101101111 1111011101 110010111110 11110001010 110110010010 1110100110 0100010 11010001 1011 10 0101010101 01110 1011111 111001 101101 1101011111 10 0100111111 0111111111 1101110101 10 1111011101 01000011011 0101111101 1101100101 1101001 10111 1111011111 10 1101010101 10 11011011110 1001111101 10 100100 100100 1100111111 10 1101010001 1101011101 1110010100 11110110111 01000010101 0100010011 0100011101 1001010101 1101010101 11010101001 01000100101 10 1111000100 1101010101 01110 1011011 10 1111111101 1111110101 1101100101 1101010111 10 1101110111 1001011111 1111110111 010100101010 1101000101 1111010001 01001110101 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  • Amount of stanzas: 61
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 559
  • Average number of words per stanza: 73
  • Amount of lines: 590
  • Average number of symbols per line: 58 (very long strings)
  • 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; and, our, of, like, i, to, as, not, in, ', small, flies, mind, my, dream, one, he, thy are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words of, the, i, to, thou are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines him, carpenter, fear are repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases i, all connect the lines.

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