This is an analysis of the poem Retaliation: A Poem that begins with:

1 Of old, when Scarron his companions invited,
2 Each guest brought his dish, and the feast was united;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccXddeeffggXhggaa iihhff jjaahhkkhhhhXl hXkkffdd hhffggmmdd nnooddhhaaddhhppqq nnXcddllggllmm ddddhhaakkeemmmmffccaarraXccggrr llllllhhppeXXaaaahhkkqq
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 21,6,14,8,10,18,14,32,23,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011100010010 1111011011010 1011101101101 1111101111011 1111010011001 111101001001 1101011010010 111001101101 111001001011 111001010111 111001011001 101101011011 1110101011001 111001111011 101001101101 11010110011010 111001011001 1110111111010 1111010110010 11010110010011 1111011111001 111001101001 1111001011001 1011101111101 111011111101 1111011010010 1111110010010 111101011011 111011011011 111101011001 1101011111111 111011011001 1001101001101 11111010111010 1110010111010 111001111101 111101011101 1101001110110100 111100100100100 1011011011011 1011011110010 111101011101 1101011100111 101000101101 101011001001 111011011001 1010110010011 1111101001111 11101010001001 1111010111111 1011110110110 11100011111 111001111001 11100110001101 111011011011 101101001011 1111111101111 111001101001 111011011101 111001101001 101001001001 101001011001 1011111001111 1010011001001 111001011011 11010011110001 111011001001 101111011001 101011011011 111001011001 101001011011 111111001001 1110001001011 111011001001 101111011001 111001011001 111101111001 111001001001 101001001001 1111111110100 1111101111001 1111011001001 111111011111 1111011110010 1111010110110 101011011001 111111011101 1110110011110 1110010110010 101001011001 111011011001 111101001111 1110001111001 1111010011001 1101011001011 1101011111001 101101001001 1111101001011 11100001011001 11011110010010 1110111111110 1011011011001 111111011101 1101011110001 1010101110011 111101101001 1111111111001 101011011011 1101001101011 1101011011001 111001011001 111101011111 101001011001 111011011011 1101011111111 1101111001111 11111000110100 111001001001 101111011001 111011111001 111001001110 111101101101 111011001001 1110010111010 1110011011010 1110011110010 1111111111010 1011110011010 1110111111110 1110001101001 101011101101 101101001111 111111001011 1111010110111 1111110010010 111001101111 1111101011001 101011010011 101001001011 111001101001 101011001011 1010011110010 11110111111010 1111011010011 111001011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 783
  • Average number of words per stanza: 144
  • Amount of lines: 145
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, our, be, with, 'em, to, too, for, his, what, now, he, you are repeated.

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

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