This is an analysis of the poem Letter In Prose And Verse To Mrs. Bunbury that begins with:

MADAM,
I read your letter with all that allowance which critical candour could... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcd XabXefgc hhX iXijcdXhicc eX gcXfjhdkh llddaammeeaabbkXXXmmffccbXjjkXfXddfnooeXjjaajjbXXXfXXnnXfXXcXX icXeX fXjj jjjXXm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,3,8,3,11,2,9,62,5,4,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10 111100110101100101 0101101111010011101 1101011101100010010 1111100101101111010 0100110010100001110 010100100010111101 0111101100011000110 011100101111111 1011100011001011011 110101110111111 11010101101101110 11101011001 1101101101001 01011011001 110101101010110100 10010111110101110 111001001000110100 010110101101101110 1101101001100110 0010010001100010010 1100100011100101000 0010101101110111111 10110101101111010100 0110010101110111101 0111111011111 110101101011 01001111001 00100010111011011000 11110011101111010 11010100100101010100 100100100101111110 010001001111111001 10101001101010101010011 1110010101100100010 1011010010101001111 0110101101101111 11101111001 01001101001 110110110010 110011010010 111101111001 11011001001 1111101001 101001111001 11011011011 11111101011 11111101001 11011001011 101111001011 101111001101 11111111111 11101001111 11111011011 11111111111 1010011111010 010110010110 111111010011 111110111010 110111110001 01111111111 110101011010 01101101001 11011011101 11101001011 11010101101 11101100101110 1100101011011 10100111011 110110111110 1111110110110 110110110110 1011111110110 11001101101 11011001001 110010011111 0110010010110 11011001101 101101011101 1111010110010 0100101100010 11011001111 101101001111 101001010011 111110101001 111111011011 111011101111 1101010110011 110010110111 1111111010110 011010110110 111001001011 10011001111 110010101101 11111011101 111110110010 110110011011 11011011011 110110011010 101001001010110 100110100101011 0100100010010110 10101011111101 101 101011011011 111110111010 01111101001 11101111001 1101101001111100 1111101001011 1111110111100111 101111 111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 523
  • Average number of words per stanza: 100
  • Amount of lines: 113
  • Average number of symbols per line: 55 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, you, ', doctor, of, in, that, laugh, and, i, bold are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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