This is an analysis of the poem A Short Discourse On Eternity that begins with:

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abcbdefX XXX X afgffhhh X idbbaebe X hXhddjgj X cadakdXX X gdjdjfjf X Xhchccgc XX X ciciedXb X dlelbdjd XX X hjdjhljl XXX X jafagcgc XXX X agigXfef XXX X afgfcmhm X X Xieijbjb X ejcjghjm X lahaccac X mXfjjnan X bjejacgc X ahchbfbf X fmhmgfef Xd X keeeh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,3,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,2,1,8,1,8,2,1,8,3,1,8,3,1,8,3,1,8,1,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,2,1,8,3,1,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 11011001 1010100 11001101 110100 01010111 110001 01110101 011000 101 11 11 1 0001110 100111 01010110 110001 01111101 110011 1101011 101101 1 11010011 100011 01110100 010110 0111010010 1110110 0110100 1001010 1 110011111 01110 11010101 011101 110011111 001100 10011101 0101011 1 01011111 111111 01010111 111101 11000111 100000 01011111 110100 1 10011101 110111 0110111 010101 11011111 1100101 11011101 011111 1 10010101 1100001 11111111 0101001 11010111 110101 11000101 010101 111 11 1 110011111 110101 11110100 11001 01011111 010101 11111100 010100 1 11011111 010101 11101101 010001 01000100 100111 01011100 110100 111 111 1 10100101 101111 01010101 110111 11010101 111111 01001011 110101 111 1111 11 1 11110111 1101001 11011111 110011 11001101 010001 11101110 110111 11 111 11 1 01111111 011101 01110101 1101001 11011100 1101010 01101111 0100010 11 111 11 1 0101010 110101 11000101 110111 01110101 1111110 110101101 1001010 111 1 11011101 1111010 1001010 1111010 11110101 110100 11110001 011100 1 11011101 11101 11011101 110011 11000101 110001 1101011 0110110 1 11011101 111101 10111101 01110 11011101 101101 11011111 011111 1 1111010110 11010 10011101 110100 11001101 111101 11011111 110101 1 1101010110 111111 11010001 100111 11011101 100101 11011011 110101 1 11111111 1111001 11011111 010101 01000100 111101 01010100 111101 1 11011101 1100110 11110101 110110 01001100 111101 11111101 110111 111 111 1 01011101 0100101 11101111 111101 11110111 110101 11110100 111111 1111 11 111 1 010111001 1101000 0111111 0111010 01111101 110101 01011110 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 53
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 109
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 221
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, and, your, when, of, or, this are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words or, and, nor, when are repeated.

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