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

In a dim corner of my room for longer than
my fancy thinks... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcd cXef ghij kegk illm enaf kcjb opkm aajX iXhX heaq kXqa aXgb jprk jbcm kkkk aXiX kjsr Xkir thiX nmkf mncm ceec hbau kesc edkd kdbb hXjr ipme ebkX bnkX ikkX kekm jgia mksX keqX hhsf adsd fkqn ecek dakd imhm jfeh eaee kdia galm khln mabk gmku XXh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 001100111101 1101 01001101111 10101 0100101011111 111 1101110011 000111 11010101010 11111 10011111100 11101 110111111 10101001 11010011010 10101 01011111110 10100 1001110111000 101 111101001100 1101 11110001110 11100 1111010011 1110111 111111111 1010101 11111101010 10011 0111010111 110101 0101010011 111101 110101111 1010100 1111010110 111100 1111010011 111100 111011011100 1001 101100101010 1100 1101010111 010101 0101010101010 001 101101001101 10100 10110100010 10100 1011011011 011101 1101011101 011100 1111110111 110111 11110101111 11100 10100101110 00101 111101011 1110111 10101100111 10101 110101010 100100 110111111 1011101 010010011110 010001 101001010101 1111 10100111010 10101 11010100010 10101 01010101100 101000 101101010101 1101 11010001110 10001 101110111 0111111 110100011101 01001 10110101 11011001 110100111 10111001 01010111011 10101 0100110111 101101 01010000110001 1001 011101110 1011101 100111011 1000101 0101110101 110011 1111010110 110011 110101010100 1101 1011010110 01100 1100010001001 010 10110111110 10101 01110101101 0101 101101011 1011001 11110100111 010101 100100011101 0101 110001110100 1100 10110100110 1011 1011101101001 1000 1011010111 010111 0110011111 110101 1111010111 100101 010010110100 0100 111101011 1010111 10010101110 10100 10110001111 10111 11000101110 10100 1101001101 111111 11011110110 10101 010100011001 1111 1000100100110 100101 11010101111 10101 11010101010 10101 1101010111 010111 1101010111 111001 11010101 1101111 1101110111 110101 11010100000 10001 010111011 1110100 110111101 1010101 1011010111 010111 010010101 11110111 0101110111 010101 01111101110 11101 110011010 1010101 0111011101010 111 0111100000110 001 011111111 1001101 1100111010 10010101 111100100011 110101 110100111010 10100 110111011100 0101 1101010011 1000101 0101010110110 100 11010100110 10100 110101011010 111 10110101010 10111 0101110010 01101 010111011 1000100 0101110101 010101 011111011 1010001 11010101010 10111 110101111 1010111 1111010011 110101 1100011101 110101 11110101110 001001 11011011010 10101 11010001011 10101 11010111010 00101 010101111 1000101 11010101110 10001 1100100101010 101010 10010101010 11111 110010100110 10110 010101010111 1100 110101011 1000101 1011010111010 100 1101110110 110101 1111011110 00101 10110100111 110101 11001011111 010101 110101011 0111101 11010101110 10101 01010111101 11101 1011110101010 101 11110111110 10101 1110010101010 111 10010100111 10101 01010111110 10101 110001011001 1101 111100110101 01001 1101111110 111111 11110101110 11111 110111001100 1101 10111011110 10100 1011010101010 101 1111110111 101100 11010101111 11001 1111010111 110101 11010111110 111001 11010101010 10101 11010100111 111111 1110110111 101101 11110111 1001101 110011111100 1000 11001101101 10001 11111101110 10111 11110101110 01101 11010101110 00101 11110010011 110101 1111110111000 100 010101011100 10101 0110101101110 101 10110101110 10101 111100111 010101 1110101010 1110101 10010101111 00101 1101001011 1010001 1111010111 111100 111101100100 10011 110011011111 0111 11110100100 10011 11011101111 11110 1111010111 1101001 110001110 1010111 11111101 11010101 1111110111 101101 1101010110 010101 11110011111 1100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 87
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 135
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 360
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, your, you, with, he, his, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words who, you, and are repeated.

    The author used the same words come, and, sing, did, or, he, you, his, the, go, your, what 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 her is repeated).

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