This is an analysis of the poem A Family Record that begins with:

WOODSTOCK, CONN., JULY 4, 1877
NOT to myself this breath of vesper song,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabXccddaaeeffgghhffddeeiijjffggffggjjjjeekkddggkk jjffllggbb ddllleebbclffggllggjjmmjjjjjjkkkkggbXjjddnnllkkiiddee nnooggggjjiijjjjggffbbeeaabbeeggllppnnbbffhhXXbbnnXj ffllddeeiilliiggkkggggddjjllqqrriibb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,50,10,53,52,36,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1110111 1011010101 1011010101 1001010100 1101010101 110010101010 110100101010 01110101001 11010010111 1101010101 1111010101 11011100111 0101110101 11111100111 0111011001 1111111101 0101010101 11110101111 11001111101 0111110101 1111010111 1101010101 111000111001 1101010101 1101111101 1111010101 1101010001 11110001111 11111100011 1101010111 0111010101 1111110101 10111111001 1111011111 1111010101 10011110001 11011100101 1011011101 01010100101 1101000100 11010010101 1101110101 1101010101 1110011101 1101010101 1111010101 0111110101 1111000101 1011100101 1011000111 1111011101 11010100111 0101110101 0101000111 1101001101 0111111101 0111010101 1101010001 1101110101 11100010110 1101011101 0101010111 1111010111 0111011111 1111011111 11010101001 01110110101 1101010111 0100010101 0101010101 110010101010 01110100101 01010100111 1011011101 11001010101 11110101001 1101010101 1101110101 0101010101 1111110101 11010100101 1011000101 1001110101 1111010111 0111000111 0101000101 0101010111 1101010101 11011111001 1111000111 0101010101 0101110111 11001010101 1111010101 1101011101 1110011101 1111111101 1011110111 1111111101 0111010111 10111100111 11101110101 1111010111 1111011101 1101010101 11010101001 1111110111 0101100111 1101110001 11110111011 0111011111 11010100101 11110011101 0011110101 1101010101 01101010101 1101111101 11110100101 0111011101 1101010101 1111100101 1101010001 0101010111 111100001001 1111010101 1011110101 11110100111 01001101101 1111001101 1101010111 010010010101 0101010101 1111110101 1101010111 1111011101 1011111111 1001110111 1101010101 01011101001 1101110101 1001010001 11010100111 11111100101 110101101 0101010101 1101110101 11001110101 1101010101 11010010101 01010100101 1101010101 0111011101 1111111101 01001111101 0101010101 0111000101 0101010111 1101110001 11011101001 0101011111 110110101 0101111111 11001010111 1101010100 110111001100 0101010101 0101011111 110101111 1111011111 1101110011 1110111101 0101111111 0101010001 1101001101 1101110101 1101111101 1011110101 11001110111 1111010101 11110100101 1101010111 1111010001 1110111101 0100101101 11011100011 1101001101 0101110101 11010100101 11010100101 1101011101 1011110101 1011110101 1111110101 0101110101 11110010101 11001111101 11010101001 1101111101 1101110111 1111001111 1001000101 11110011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1534
  • Average number of words per stanza: 275
  • Amount of lines: 202
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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; to, not, this, your, that, his, and, her, or, my, no are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words not, where, mine, i, who, no, the, or, still are repeated.

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