This is an analysis of the poem Emma, The Tinker's Daughter; Or, The Benefits Of Sabbath School Instruction that begins with:

In a wretched, narrow street of an old English town,
A roving tinker lived; one who would often drown... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd ddcc aadX eedd ffee eegf ddfg hbaX eeiX eeee jjdd iicc kkll ddaX llXl eell aadd ddaa ddaa eedd llaa eebb ffjj eell eefX mmbb aann kkdd aXkk mmkk ccee ddoo ppqq ppaa dddd hhdd llaa llee ddll X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0010101011101 010101111101 0101001110111 110001010011 101011100101 110101110100 010001011001 110101111111 010110111101 100101011101 110111111101 110001110001 110101011101 010101101101 010101010101 110001110101 110101010101 010101110101 010111010101 010101111101 110101010101 110101111111 110111010111 111101001111 010101100101 11111110001 111101110100 110101110101 0100111110101 110101111111 110001110100 110001111100 010111010100 111101110101 010101110101 110101101101 111101110111 111101011101 110110010101 111101111101 010101100101 111011001101 110111111111 011101011111 011101110001 110101110001 111101110101 111101110101 110101110111 110111100111 110100010111 110111111101 010101011110 111111010100 100111011111 110011111011 110101010111 110111110101 111101111111 100010111110 110101111101 111101110101 011101010111 011101111101 010101111101 110101110101 110101011111 110111110111 110111011101 110111101101 110101010111 110101110111 110101010101 111110110101 110001110111 110101010011 010101110001 110010110011 110011110101 111111010101 010111111101 111100010011 111111111101 011101111101 110101111111 110101010101 011101111101 110101110110 110111111101 111111110111 010111111001 110001110111 111111110011 1111011001001 0101011111101 110101010101 110101101101 100101110101 110101110111 110101111111 110101111111 111101110101 111101110101 011111111001 010001010101 010101110101 110001110001 110101110101 110111111101 0101011110101 111101110101 110111110101 110101010111 101101101101 110111010111 111101110111 110101111101 110101111111 110101100101 010101110101 010101010101 110101110111 111101110101 110101100101 011101110001 110101111101 0101010010001 001101110101 110101010111 110101110101 011111010111 1101010101001 110101111111 010110001101 010111111111 111101100101 1111011001001 111101010101 1100111110010 0101111111010 010101110101 110001010111 110101110101 111001110101 0101011101010 0101011101010 110101001101 100101010101 110101110101 110111111101 110111111001 110101100001 011101000101 110001110001 010011110001 1101011011101 110111110101 011101010111 111100110101 110111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 42
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 203
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 161
  • Average number of symbols per line: 52 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her, and, his, you, she, he, that, with, in, from, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word what is repeated.

    The author used the same words and, this, the, at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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