This is an analysis of the poem To The Christian Reader that begins with:

Reader, I am a fool;
And have adventured... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbcdefe dghgeebd iababcjc ggkXlici Xmfmfbcb eieinoao jgdgalll baXaXpip icacnbeb bmemalcl XjejXccc hipikici jabadddd aiciqcbc bcdcXcpcXbcqccfef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101 111000 01010111 010101 001100 110011 1101111 1111001 110001 110101 10010111 111101 010101 110100 00010101 110100 000101 111101 11111111 110101 111101 010011 11001011 010101 111101 111111 11010001 1101010 100100 100101 01010101 110101 111111 110100 01011111 001010 110111 111101 11010111 110101 110111 11111 11010100 111100 111101 111111 11110111 110111 110111 110001 01011100 111101 110111 1111010 111101110 1111110 1101111 110001 11111000 111101 011111 1101110 11010111 11011100 111101 111001 11110101 111101 011101 110111 110011101 011101 111001 110100 11111101 110100 110111 010010 11110101 1111010 110100 110101 01110100 011101 110101 1111010 01011101 1111010 101111 0101010 11110101 1111010 110101 100101 11010111 010011 111111 11111 10010101 110101 111111 111001 11110101 110111 110101 110001 01011001 010100 010101 110110 11011111 010101 010101 111101 11010111 101101 11011 010111 11110111 111101 110101 110111 1110010 0101001 110111 110111 11111101 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 224
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 128
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (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; i, to, as, and are repeated.

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

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

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