This is an analysis of the poem Poetry: A Metrical Essay, Read Before The Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard that begins with:

To Charles Wentworth Upham, the Following Metrical Essay is Affectionately Inscribed.
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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcccdd aaXaeedd ffddggffffhh iihhggXaiihhhh hhffjjkkhhhh aajjjjllee bceeggjjllhh XlaaaammaahhhXeecccceeff aaggffmmddaaii aaeelljjeegg kkiiff jjhhhhhhaa eeccaaaahhjjflccggnnggkk mmaall gnnkkooffddhheehhffjjffmmee aaaaffffffaa ffhhddiihh ffhhffgg aXgg aa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,8,12,14,12,10,12,24,14,12,6,10,24,6,27,12,10,8,4,14,20,4,6,13,8,12,8,14,6,14,14,17,24,14,8,14,12,12,14,6,9,18,8,8,11,6,8,4,10,14,6,6,6,10,8,10,27,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 010111001001000100100001 101101010010 11010010101 1001011101 1101010101 1001010101 0111010101 1111000101 1111100101 11110111100 0101100101 1001001101 1111000101 11111111001 1101111101 01011101001 1101010101 0111010101 1111000101 1111110101 1011010101 11010101010 11110101010 1101110101 1101001101 1001110101 010011101001 1101010101 0101110101 11001110001 11111100011 1001110001 10110101001 1101000101 11010010101 1101010101 110010010101 1011010101 010110001 1101010101 11010000001 110010001001 1101011101 1111010101 1101110011 0111000101 11010000101 0101010101 111100011 1101011101 11010101001 1111001101 1101010101 1101010101 1001001101 0111010111 1101001101 1001000101 01001010101 1101010001 1101010111 1001010101 11111100101 110101010010 11010000101 00010100101 1101010101 1101010101 1101000011 1101010101 1101010001 11110010111 1101110101 11010110101 1101110101 1111011110 0111010101 0101010101 0101010101 010100001001 0101010111 01100110111 0111000111 01010010001 0111010001 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1111010101 11001011101 11110100101 1101110101 1101010101 1111011101 1011010101 0111000101 1111010011 00111010101 1101011011 1101010101 1111001001 1001000101 1111010101 1101010111 1 1101010101 0101000101 0111001101 1011010101 01010101001 01010101001 1101110001 0101010101 01001010101 1101110101 1101011101 111010101 11011100101 1101001101 0111000101 1101000101 1011010101 1011010111 1111010101 1101011101 11010110101 1111110101 11100100101 1101011001 10110101001 1101011101 1011010101 11010101001 10110100101 0111000101 11011011101 10110001001 1011010101 1101110001 10110101001 1101011110 01110101001 0111000101 1101000101 1101010101 0101010111 0111010101 1111110111 11110011100 1111110101 1001010001 1111110100 1011010101 01010010101 11010010101 1100110101 1101110001 0101010101 11010110010 1101010101 1101110101 1111000101 1111010101 0101111101 01010110001 0101011101 11010000101 1111010101 11010010101 1111110101 0101001101 1101010101 0101010100 1101010111 1111110101 1101010101 0101011101 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01001010101 0111010110 0101010101 0101100101 1011011111 1111010101 1111000101 1101110101 1101110001 10111010111 1101010101 11010100111 1101110001 10010010101 110101100 1001000111 11001011101 1101110101 01110001001 1101000101 0111010111 0101010101 10111101001 0111010101 0111000101 0101010101 1111000101 0111001001 0111010101 1001010111 110010101001 11110101011 11010010101 11110001001 0101010101 1111010101 1101000101 1111000101 1101101101 1111010001 1101010001 1111011101 1101110001 101101001001 11111100111 1101111001 0101001101 1101111101 1101110100 1 110101101 0101010101 10001010101 10010101001 1001011111 01001000101 0111010101 0101001101 1101001010 01010101010 1011110101 0101110101 1111110111 0011000101 10001110011 1101110101 1111010101 0101110001 1101010101 1101110001 0101010101 1111010101 0111010101 0001010101 1111110101 1101010101 1101001101 1101010101 1001110101 01010100111 11010001001 11010110001 10011010101 01010001101 1111111101 1001010101 1101010101 11011101001 1101010101 10110100101 1101010111 0101010001 1 1101010101 1101010101 1101000101 0101010101 1101010101 01001010101 1101000101 11001010101 0101010101 1101110101 1011010101 1101010100 10011100101 11010100101 010100101010 11011101010 1101110001 110110101 1101010101 0101000101 1111000101 1101011001 1101010101 101101001 01000010101 1111010101 10111100111 1101000101 11001110101 0101000101 0111010101 0111001101 1111010101 1001110101 0101010101 1111010100 1111010101 0101010101 1001111001 1001110101 1101110101 1111110001 0111010101 1111010101 10001111101 0101110101 1101111101 1011010101 0101111101 0101110101 110111010110 10100100110 10010111001 0101111101 1101010101 1011110101 0101010101 110100001001 1101110001 11010101011 00010101001 1101011001 1101110101 110101110001 1011010101 1101001101 1101010101 11110100101 110111101 0101110001 11011100101 1101110111 0101010101 1111010111 1111100101 1101110111 11010010101 10110110101 1101110101 1111010111 1111011111 0111011101 1111010101 0101010101 1111010111 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  • Amount of stanzas: 58
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 509
  • Average number of words per stanza: 89
  • Amount of lines: 656
  • 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; my, in, her, of, as, with, or, s, and, his, whose, to, its, some, he, we, er are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, the, where, whose, its, he, but are repeated.

    The author used the same words thus, if at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Poetry: A Metrical Essay, Read Before The Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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