This is an analysis of the poem The Deserted Village that begins with:

Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain,
Where health and plenty cheered the labouring swain,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccaaddeebbffffbbbbbbaagghXccbb aaaaaaffiicceebb ffbbbb aajjkk aaccbbddaajj llccmmaa jXaagceennmmii aaccffooiibbffii gcmmppeebbbbeebbppbbaaaa bbccjjggllccaaiibbffaammaa bbeeccff bbeecc ggffaaeeiiaaddbb ffeemmggffbbXimmqqeebbmm iiffbbbbggjjXfggffmm eeii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 34,16,6,6,12,8,14,16,24,26,8,6,16,24,20,14,14,22,16,34,4,22,22,10,36,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11010010001 11110101001 110010100101 11010100101 11010010011 10111100111 110111001011 1101000111 11011111001 0101010101 0101010101 01011101001 0111010101 11011100101 1101110101 1110010101 1101010111 1111010101 11001110001 0101010101 1100101001001 1101110111 11110101010 01010101010 0101110101 11010101101 0110000101 11010100101 01010100101 0101111110 1011110111 01010110101 111101101001 10110011111 11010100001 1111111101 01110010101 1101010111 1101010101 1101011101 1111010101 1101010101 0111010101 0101010101 0111010101 11011001001 11110010101 101110001001 11001000101 1101110101 11010100101 1101011101 1011110111 0111010111 1011001101 1101110001 0111110101 11001010101 1111110101 11110101111 0101010011 1011010001 1111010101 1101110101 0101110101 0101110101 11001010011 11001110101 11010110101 11010111101 1101110101 1011110101 1101010101 1101110111 11010001010 11010101010 1111110101 0111011101 11001010101 1101010111 0101010101 1111110101 01110010101 01110011101100 11111101001 01110100111 0101110101 1101010101 1111110111 0101011111 01110110101 1101111111 1101111101 1001011111 1111111001 10100011111 11010010101 0101110101 1101110111 0101101101 1101110101 1111010101 1111010111 01011101001 1101010101 0101010001 1111010101 101010101 10010100001 1101010101 11010100001 01001010101 1101111101 1101010101 1111010111 01001110001 0101010101 01011100111 01011101001 0101011101 0101110101 1011110101 1101010101 1111010011 1101010101 11010101001 1101011101 1101010101 1111010101 11010101001 1101010111 0101010101 0101010001 0101011111 1101010101 01010000101 1101110101 111100101011 1101110101 0101010101 0111010101 1101010101 0101110101 11011110101 100010111110 110100010010 1101011101 1101010101 0111010101 11110010111 0101010101 110101011 0101111101 1101110101 0101010101 11010110101 11001110101 1001111101 1001001101 1101110011 1011011101 0101110001 1001010101 11001010101 10010111001 1111111111 1101110101 0101111001 11111001101 0101011101 0101110111 1101111101 010010011001 01110101001 10110100101 10110010101 1101110101 0101010001 1001010101 1111010101 0101010101 0101110101 10101000101 1101010011 0101010101 1111111101 00010101010 110100111010 1111110101 1001111101 1101010111 0101110101 0111011101 0101100001 1001010101 0101010101 0101111101 11111100101 1101010101 0101000101 1111010101 11011100111 11010101001 0101010111 1111100101 0111010101 0101011111 1101111101 1111011110 11001011111 01001010101 11011011101 1101111001 0101010101 1111110101 1111110111 1101010101 11001110001 1101110111 1101110101 11111111010 1111110101 1101010101 1111011111 0101010101 0101001101 0111010101 0101110101 01010101010 0111010111 0101110011 0101010101 0101110101 01011101101 1101010111 11001010001 1101010111 01010010001 0101110101 11001000111 1011010101 01010000101 1101010101 1101010101 1101010111 01010011101 0101110101 1001010111 1011110001 1101010001 1101010101 1101000101 0111010011 1101110101 01001110101 0101111111 10110100101 1001010101 1011011101 0101010101 0111011101 0101010001 11011010101 0110010001 1101110101 0111010101 1101110101 0101010101 1101010101 1101010001 11001010101 1111010101 1111010101 1111010101 1101010111 1101110101 1101010101 1101010011 0111010101 11010010111 0111010111 0101010001 0101110101 1101000101 1101011101 0101010101 1111110111 0101110101 11001111101 1101010001 1111111111 1101011101 1111010001 0101010001 1101110001 0101011101 1100010101 0101010001 1111000101 0101010101 1111011101 01010010101 1111110001 01010001001 0011010101 1101010101 1101010101 11001110001 00010100111 0101011111 01110100101 0101001111 0111010101 01000101001 11010010001 1011010101 1101111101 1011010101 0111010111 1101010101 11000110101 010010010101 11111101001 1101110101 111100100111 101100100111 11010010101 1111010001 0101010101 1101110101 1101010101 1010011101 11011100010 01010111010 1101010001 1101110101 11110101001 1111010101 10101111101 1111110101 11001010101 1101110101 1101010111 1110010011 11001011101 01001001101 1101110101 1101010001 1101110101 1101010101 11001011001 10110010101 1111010101 01001000101 1101011101 11011100111 1101010111 10001011001 110010100101 0101010101 01010001001 1101010101 010110101101 1100110101 10111100101 11110110111 1101111101 1111010101 11001010101 0111110101 00110010101 0111111101 1101010101 1101110101 01010100001 0101000100 1011010001 1101010101 0101010101 11011100101 11010101001 1101010101 1011010101 0101010001 11001111001 1101111111 11110001001 0111010001 1011010101 1001010111 11001111111 0101011001 11111100101 1111110101 10101010010 1101000101 101101100111 1101010101 11110010101 11010101001 1011010101 1001110101 0101111001 1110010011 1100010101 1101001101 11110011001 11011100101 01010100101 0101111101 1101010101 1101110101 1101111111 1111111111 1111010101 11010010111 11111001101 1101110001 1011000101 1101010101 1111010101 01010010101 1101010101 1101010101 1111010101 1101110101 111100100101 11010100101 11010101101 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 776
  • Average number of words per stanza: 134
  • Amount of lines: 430
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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, thy, these, charms, those, that, my, all, to, i, at, where, his, its, he, could, more, no, when, her, thou are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words where, the, and, these, those, in, no, to, space, sure, do, how, thou, teach are repeated.

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

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