This is an analysis of the poem Monody On The Death Of Chatterton that begins with:

When faint and sad o'er sorrow's desert wild
Slow journeys onward poor misfortune's child; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbaacc bbaadX eeeeffgg hhhhaaaadd ddiijkkj ccgffg lflemmeefggkkXfa ajjbabahh nnooooaallXkiiff bbjdjdeggeegXe oeoeiiXX aaddaagXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,8,10,8,6,16,9,16,14,8,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11111010101 11010110001 1111011101 1101010101 11010001111 11010101011 0111010101 11011100101 1100110101 0110110001 0101101001 1101010101 01110110101 01010100 111101 11110110111 11010101011 0101010101 11110011111 110101 1101010101 1101110011 0001010101 0001110101 110101 11110100101 01110001 0101010101 1100101 1010101 11010011001 10011101001 0101110001 0111010101 1010111001 110000101 1101010101 1110101 10110101 0111010101 1111010101 11111101011 10110011101 1101110111 1111010101 1101110101 10010011010 110101 0101010 0100111101 11110101 0101110101 11011111 11111111 1101110111 1101111101 1101110011 11011111 111101 11010101 01010001 1101010011 1111010101 1101110101 1101010011 10101010101 0101010111 1101011111 0111011101 1001110101 1011011100101 11111010101 0101101101 1111010101 100101010101 1101010101 0101010101 1111010101 11001011101 11010001010 11011101010 111101010 11010111 0101011101 1101010101 1001111101 110111010101 1100110111 1111111111 1100110101 0101111101 1111010111 1101010101 1101111111 1110110101 0111000101 10010100101 01011101001 1101010111 1100011100 0101011101 1100111101 1111010001 11010100101 10101010101 1111011111 1001011101 110101110 1101110100 0111000101 01110000101 1011010011 11000101001 1111110101 11001000101 0101010001 1100110100 11110101001 1101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 419
  • Average number of words per stanza: 73
  • Amount of lines: 119
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, thy, told are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words no, is, thy are repeated.

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