This is an analysis of the poem Boston that begins with:

Sicut Patribus, sit Deus Nobis)
The rocky nook with hilltops three ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X ababcc debeFF gfgXbb bcbcaX hihiII didiee efef fafa cdcd faeXFF adaX aiai eaeaiX fcfcfdX jajaII klkl ididdd mfmf fkfk Xadadbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,6,6,6,6,6,4,4,4,6,4,4,6,7,6,4,6,4,4,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 101001110 01010111 110001 11110101 110001 01010111 111101001 11111101 101101 11010111 010101 01111101 01110101 01110101 001101 101110101 110111 01010101 010000101 11010100 110111 11111101 010001 11111101 11010101 111100001 111111 10111001 111001 11010111 11110101 01010101 010111 11011101 111101 01010101 11010101 011101001 111101 11110101 010101 11010101 001101 11010101 010101 11110101 010101 11111101 010101 11010111 010111 11111101 101111 01111101 01110101 111111000 111101 11110001 110001 11010101 11110101 11110110 11011101 110110101 1110111 11110001 11110111 11011111 100111101 11110111 1111001 01011111 110101 11011101 1011100 11101001 01111111 0100101 11111101 000101 11010111 11110101 01010101 110001 110101001 111101 11011101 110101 11011101 110101 11010101 11010001 110111001 010101 110010101 010111 11011101 10010101 10110111 110110111 01010111 010111 11110101 110001 11100101 110011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 168
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 125
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, or, no are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, we, each, o are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of Boston;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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