This is an analysis of the poem Murder Will Out; Or, The Power Of Conscience that begins with:

Sullen sat in jealous mood,
A most brutal-looking man;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaab cdccd aeaae faffa adaad cghhg icXic afaaf fdXfd iXiij XjeeX eaeea cfccf iaiia khkkX lelle Xjmmj kdknd ikiik ojooj ajaaj fcffc ibiib dadda cbcXb mmmmm eeeee abaaX abaab abXab apaap cfccf fjffj ibiib adaad Xffff aeaae faffa fXffX qXXqX bebbe aiaXX mcm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,6,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 0110101 1011111 01011101 010101 1110101 1011111 1010101 10010101 1100111 10010101 1110111 1110111 1111101 110101 1111101 1010101 1110101 0110101 101101 1110101 1110101 0110101 1111101 011101 1111101 1010101 00101110 10110010 111111 1110101 1010101 11101110 1010111 111011 1010101 1110101 1011101 1011111 1100101 11010101 11000101 10101010 1100111 111001 1111111 11111100 1011001 10100011 111101 10101100 1010100 1010101 1010111 010010 1010101 0010101 1010101 1010101 110101 1010101 1011101 1010111 1010101 110101 1010101 1110111 1111101 1010101 110101 1110101 1010100 1011111 1110111 110101 1010101 1010101 1011101 1011111 110101 1010001 1110101 1011101 0010101 011101 1011001 1010101 1010100 1110100 010101 1010101 1010101 1010111 1010101 010101 1010101 1110001 1011101 1100101 010101 1110101 1110001 1110101 1110111 011101 1010101 1110001 1010001 0110101 110101 1010101 1011101 1010101 1110101 111101 1110101 1110101 0010111 1011101 111001 1010011 1000101 1100101 0111110 011001 1111101 1010101 1001101 1110101 110111 10100101 1010101 1101101 1111101 010101 11101001 1110111 1111101 1110001 1111001 1110101 01100001 1110101 0110101 110101 1010111 0010101 10101100 1010001 101111 1100101 1010101 0110011 1010111 010101 1010111 0010101 0010101 1011101 101111 1110101 1010001 1011111 10111001 101101 0010101 1110111 0110101 1010101 011101 1011111 1010101 0111101 1110101 111101 1011000 01010111 1010111 1010101 111101 1001101 1110111 0111011 1011101 111101 0110111 1010101 01011111 1010101 110101 1010111 0110111 0011101 1010111 110011 1010101 1111001 1111010 1010011 111111 1010011 11110101 1110101 01011101 110101 1000101 1110101 1111111 10111100 111101 1111101 1110101 1011101 1110101 111011 1110111 1111101 1011101 1000111 110100 10010101 1110101 10010101 1010111 111101 1011101 0110101 1110111 1101101 010101 1110101 1110101 1010100 1011100 111101 1110101 1110101 1010011 1011101 010110 1011101 1110001 0110101 1010101 111001 1011101 1110101 1011101 1011101 110101 1110101 1101101 10110000 1111111 111101 1010101 1110101 0111101 1110101 110111 10011101 1010101 1010101 1111101 111101 1010101 1011101 1011101 1110111 010101 1010001 0011101 1110101 1001101 111111 11011101 1010101 1111101 1001101 111101 1011101 1010111 1011101 01111101 011011 01010101 1100111 1010101 0111101 110111 1101101 1110111 11100101 1010100 1101001 1111001 1111101 1010101 1000101 110100 1011101 1111111 1110101 10010111 010101 1110111 1010110 1111111 1111101 110100 11111001 1010001 1011011 1011101 1111010 1011101 1010101 1110111 1010111 110101 1000101 11101001 1110101 1010101 110101 1010001 1010101 1010101 1010101 010101 1011101 1111101 1011101 1001111 011101 1011101 1010111 0001101 1010011 110101 10100101 1110101 1011101 1110101 110101 1111101 1010101 1111101 1001101 1111110 1011101 0110101 1111111 1010111 110111 1010101 0010101 1111111 0110101 011110 1011100 0110101 10111110 1010101 110111 1010111 10101001 1110101 0001111 010101 1111001 11110001 1010111 0110101 110100 1110111 10100010 1011101 1010101 0111010 1010101 0010001 1010110 1011101 110111 1110011 1110001 10111011 1110101 110101 1010001 1010101 1010111 1110111 110101 1010101 0010101 1111111 1010101 010101 1110101 1010101 1010101 10111001 10100111 0101011 11011001 1010101 1011101 10100101 011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 82
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 151
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 411
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, that, he, ' are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word now 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 flies, ' are repeated).

    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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