This is an analysis of the poem Carmen Seculare. For The Year 1700. To The King that begins with:

Thy elder Look, Great Janus, cast
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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXabbccddeeffgghhacacggeeiijjjXdddkkggccggaaccccccddccXXccccbblligigddXbbbffddbbaaaamm jjnmkkbbeebbbnmjjmddhhooccppqbqbddacjjmmmffccddaadddXbbaaiicXXhhahaaaggaaccbbrrjdXgccckXkXXggbbssggcXjkjkddmmccccXaddgsaammmdddjjjffXgddkkddaaccddhhaaddffrrddccddhhrra
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 87,336,124,18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
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  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 5901
  • Average number of words per stanza: 1003
  • Amount of lines: 565
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length 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, their, of, some, by, to, his, o'er, from, she, in, how, nor, let, her, them, with, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words 'till, to, he, each, nor, let, with, ne'er, 'tis, the, their, still are repeated.

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