This is an analysis of the poem Of Public Spirit In Regard To Public Works: An Epistle, To His Royal Highness Frederick Prince Of Wa that begins with:

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A theme, which, to attempt alone, is praise.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccddeeaa ddXaffggaaagbbaacc ggaabbaa ccdd aaXXffhh aaiiccaaaabbXaddjXeegg ccgg ggaaaaggccddddeeddeejjkkbbXdggbb ddeeddbbXehhkkaaggaajj eedd XajjffaaffddXgllaaiidd Xfddbb bbiiddffeXbbffggccbbbbaaXeeehh aaaammjjbbkkbbaaddccddbbccbbbbffddb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,8,18,8,4,8,22,4,32,22,4,22,6,30,82,22,16,8,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101010101 0110010101 0101010101 0101010111 1101010101 1111010101 0101011101 01010010101 1111010101 1111010111 1101110101 1111110011 1111010001 1011010101 1101110110 1101010101 1101110111 11010010101 0101010101 1100111101 1011011101 0101110101 11010110101 1101011101 01010011101 1101010101 1011110101 1011011101 10010100101 1001010101 1111011111 0101010101 1011010101 1111011101 1010010101 1111111101 01010011010 11000111010 1101110101 1101010111 1011010101 1101011101 0111000101 101010110001 1101110101 11011101001 1111011101 1011110101 1101011111 0101010001 1111110111 11001011101 11011101001 1101110101 1010010101 0101000111 1111010101 11001110101 1011010101 1101000101 11001011101 1101011101 1111110101 010101010010 1011110101 11010000101 0101001001 1111010110 1111110101 1101010101 100100101001 1101001111 1101010111 11001110101 1111111101 1101010011 1101010011 1111110101 01010100101 1101010011 1011010101 1101110101 1101010101 1001110001 1111010101 0100010101 10110101001 111011101 1111010001 01001111111 1111010101 110001010001 1011111101 10111100101 1101110101 0101011101 1101010001 11001110101 1101010011 01110010101 0101011101 0111110101 10110101100 0001010101 1101010101 01010010011 0101110101 1101011101 1101111101 1111001111 1001010101 0111000111 1001011101 1111010101 1100010101 1100110101 1011010110 11010010101 1111110101 1111010001 0101010101 0101011101 1101010101 0101000101 1101100101 0101010101 1011010101 0101110101 1011010101 1111010101 1011110101 1001110101 1100010101 1101000111 11001000110 1101010111 1101000101 1101010101 10110111001 1111011101 1101010111 010110101001 1101110101 1111110101 1001010101 1101010101 0101110110 1101011101 11011101001 1101010101 1111011101 11010001001 1101001101 1101111111 1101110101 110010010101 11111111010 1101011101 1101111101 0101110101 1101010101 11001011110 1101010101 1101111101 1101000101 110101111 1101011101 1111011101 1001000111 1101001101 1111001101 0010101001100 1111010101 11100100101 11111101001 1111110111 1101010101 1101010101 1101110101 1101110001 1101010101 1111010101 1111011101 1011010001 1001010101 01010011001 0101110110 11010100101 0101010101 1011010101 1111011111 1001011101 0101011111 0101010101 01001110111 1101111101 1111110111 1111111101 11110011001 0101010101 1010011101 1101010111 1111110101 1101001011 1100010101 0101010101 1101100111 101101011101 1101111111 111101001001 1101011101 1101111001 1111111101 0101010101 1101010101 0111010101 1101010101 1000011101 1011010101 01001000101 0100010101 1101010101 11010011101 1101011101 1111010101 0101010101 110100101 11110010101 1111011101 1111010111 1111110101 0111100101 11101000101 10101111101 1101110101 1111011101 1010010111 0101010101 11110010101 111101011 1101110101 111100010001 1111010111 1101100101 1101010001 1111010101 1111000111 11010100101 1101110101 011010010101 0101010101 1111001111 1100110001 1101011111 1101011101 1101011101 1101010101 0101010111 11001101001 10001010101 1000110111 1101110101 1111010001 1101011101 1101110101 11010110101 1111010101 0101010101 1001110101 1101010101 1101011101 1101111101 1101010101 1101110101 1101000101 1111011101 1101110111 1111010111 11010101001 1011011001 1111100101 1101100101 1111011101 1111011101 1100111101 01010100101 1111010101 1011111101 0101010101 1001110101 01110100101 1011010001 01010011111 1101110101 11001011001 1111111101 11111000111 0101011101 0101001101 1001010101 1101011101 0111110001 1101100101 0101000111 1101101101 1011101101 1001110111 0101010110 1001010111 1111010001 0101000101 1111110101 1001010111 1101001101 1011010101 1101011101 01010011101 0111011101 0111010101 1101000101 1001110111 1001011111 0100010001 1001100101 1111000101 1011100111 1011010101 1011000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 772
  • Average number of words per stanza: 130
  • Amount of lines: 346
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, now, nature, art, that, to, where, no, his, her, she, some, 'em, in, by, on, not, you, may, they are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words where, now, that, the, she, some, ye, torn, shall, on, happy are repeated.

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

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