This is an analysis of the poem Charitas Nimia; Or, The Dear Bargain that begins with:

Lord, what is man? why should he cost Thee
So dear? what had his ruin lost Thee?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd aaaeea fdfd ggbbaaXddX hhddaa ccdd cchhaa Xahhaccahh bbbbiihh aajj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,6,4,10,6,4,6,10,8,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111111 111101011 1101111101 110101 10111111 11010101 11110101 11011101 011111001 01011111 11011110 1111 0011 11010101 1111 10011 100011 11111101 11010101 11110101 1111010001 1111 111101011 110110001011 111101001010 1111 1111 1111101101 11011101 1101110011 1101010111 0001000111 1111110101 1111001101 11011101 011100101 100101001 11100111 00101 10011001 01110101 11001010101 0101101 110101 01010100 110011011 11001101 01111101 10110111 1110 0111 10011111 10011111 10110101 0111 1001111001 1101 1101 0101 0111 110100110 11000111 1110111 11011111 11011111 11011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 199
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 66
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; what is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words still, what are repeated.

    The author used the same word if 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 thee is repeated).

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  • summary of Charitas Nimia; Or, The Dear Bargain;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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