This is an analysis of the poem A Postscript Unto The Reader that begins with:

And now good Reader, I return again
To talk with thee, who hast been at the pain... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccccdXeXddffgghhffggiiffccbbhhffaajjkkeeiieeddddaaXkXaccffllmmffggkXiinnkfaaggXXcciiooXXbbffffccppffXXggiikXXXccffkkXkkkbbkkkkkXlleekkjjbbllkkmmddXfcXXXddaaffaakkbeccdiffkXbeaaiXkkddkkggaaeebbffccccXXcXqqhhcckkkXnnbeXkhhddrrkkffnnlXssiittccuuddaaXgdXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 418,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101010101 0101110101 0101111101 1101110101 1111110111 1111110101 1101111111 0111011101 0101011111 011111110 01110101010 10110100100 0101010100 1101010101 1101010101 010100100 1101111001 1100010100 1111011101 1010110101 11010100010 11010101110 11111001010 11010110010 1101110001 1101011100 110101010 1111110101 1111101101 11010101001 111101011 0101010101 1101010001 1101010111 011101001 0111110101 1101110111 111111110 110111011 0101010101 1101110111 0101010001 10111101010 11101001010 1111111011 1111010101 11100101010 11010101110 0101110011 1111111001 1111010001 11010010111 0101111111 1101111101 1111011000 1111110101 0111011100 1100011001 11001101011 10110111111 1101010111 0111101101 010111100 111010100 1111010001 1101011101 1101101001 1101010101 01011011010 11010110010 1101011001 1101010010 000101110 0111010100 0101010001 0010010001 111110010 111111010 1111110101 0111010011 1111110101 1101111100 0101010100 0110011001 1111111011 0111110011 1111010101 1111010101 1011110011 0101011101 01011101010 01011101110 1111110111 100110101 1101110001 1111101110 1111010101 1111110101 1111011101 1111000101 0111110101 1111110101 1111111101 1101111001 01010111010 11110001010 1111010101 1111110111 1111100001 1111011001 1111011100 1111110100 11011101100 11111101100 110101010 1101010101 1101010001 1111011001 1101011001 1111010011 1110010010 1101011101 1111010101 1101011111 0111010101 1101010101 0101111101 0101110011 1101110101 0101010100 0101111111 01110011111 0101111100 1011100100 01010100110 11011100110 1101000101 1111111101 1101011111 1001110011 1101010101 1111011101 1001010100 1111011100 11111101101 1011010101 10110111001 1111100101 1111011101 1111010101 1101111111 0111101101 0101100101 111111100 01001111100 01011011100 1101111101 1101001111 1101110101 11111101 0101111111 1101011101 1111110111 1101011101 0100111101 1101001111 1001010101 1111010100 1111111101 1100010001 0101000101 10010010101 1101010101 1111110101 11100010111 1101000111 1101001101 1101010110 1101001100 1101011101 111111100 1100111000 1111110101 1101000101 1100110001 1111010101 011101001 1001010101 1111011101 1101011101 0111010001 0101010001 11111111010 11110001110 1111010111 1101111111 1111111101 1100110101 11100100011 01011100011 0101101101 0101001101 11111101010 10100100110 1101011001 111110110 0001111101 1101110111 1111110101 1111100001 01011111111 11111001011 1111010011 1101110010 1111101011 1101010000 0101111101 1101011101 1111111101 0101000010 1111111000 0101110101 1101011101 1101000101 0111001111 1111011101 0101011101 010111001 1101010011 1100010001 1111110001 1101110001 01001010101 0101011101 11011101010 11001100010 1011110101 1111010111 1101111101 1111010100 01011101110 11110101010 1101110001 1101011101 111010010 111010010 0101011101 1101100100 01010101010 01010101010 0101110110 0101110101 0111010101 01010100100 0101110010 0110000101 1111010001 1101010101 01011101010 11000101010 1101110111 1111110101 01000101010 11011101010 1100110101 0111011111 0111110101 1110011101 1111110101 1111011110 1111111111 1111011101 1001011111 0101010100 1101010101 100111111 1111100101 0111111101 1111010101 1111110101 0101010001 0111010111 1101010101 1001111101 1100110111 1001110101 0111100101 1101010011 1111100101 0111110101 11010101010 0101011010 1111010101 1011000101 1101001111 100111111 1111110111 1101010111 11110101010 01010111011 0101010111 1110110111 0101101101 0111011101 1101010111 0101011111 1111010101 1100010111 0101110111 1111111101 1111000101 0111110100 1111110101 0111010010 1101110111 1101111101 1101011101 110111111 1111100101 1101111100 11111101001 1100110011 1101010100 1101010100 0111011001 111111010 1111110101 11001010101 01111101011 11111101011 1111110011 1101010101 1101010111 1111111101 1101011100 0101111111 1101100101 11100001010 1110110110 1011110101 1101101100 110010100100 1001100101 1111111111 1111110111 1101110101 1011000101 1101110010 1111010111 1111011001 0101010101 1111110101 1001011001 1101110011 1101110001 1001011000 1011011001 0101111111 1111100111 1101100111 0101010011 0111010101 1001010111 1001111000 1111110001 11011101010 1111111011 1100011001 11111101010 0111001011010 0101111101 0100111111 1101011101 0101011111 010010101010 11110101110 0111010101 100111001 1101110001 1110100101 1101001101 1101100011 1101111101 11111101 110101101 1111000100 1100011101 1001100111 1111011001 1101110101 1001110111 100110011 1111010101 1101010101 0111010101 0101010101 1101110010 1001011101 1001110101 1011010001 1111110101 111100011 1101110111 011010101 1111011101 1111011101 11110101010 1101011001 0101110111 0101100101 1111101101 1011010101 0111010101 0101110101 1101010111 1101110001 1111010111 1111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 17696
  • Average number of words per stanza: 3292
  • Amount of lines: 418
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, i, soul, of, that, or, to, with, thy, his, thou, tears, you, thee, not, he, us, be, as are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, a, what, and, or, how, who, his, the are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines thee is repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase give connects the lines.

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  • summary of A Postscript Unto The Reader;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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