This is an analysis of the poem An Address To Lord Howe that begins with:

The rain pours down, the city looks forlorn,
And gloomy subjects suit the howling morn; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddee cceeaabbcc bbffggaa hhaagg eeiiaXiXjjaX kkiikkaaiiXaahh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,4,10,8,6,12,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0111010101 1100110101 11110011101 1101000101 0101110101 0101010101 1111010101 01010101101 1111010101 1101000101 1111111111 1101011101 0101010101 1001011100 11010100101 010100101001 0101000101 0101110101 1010010111 1001011111 1101110001 1111010101 0101010101 1010010101 1101110101 1101110001 11010111001 1101111101 1101010101 1111010001 1111010111 10110100101 1111010101 1101010101 11011101001 11010100001 1111110101 0101011011 11010001001 1101011101 11010010101 1101011101 1101010101 11010100111 1101011101 01010111010 11111010111 1101011111 0101010101 1101010111 1111010101 0101110101 1111010101 1101110011 1111110101 1101111011 1111010101 1101001101 1101111101 1111110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 334
  • Average number of words per stanza: 61
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, to, alike, in, that, why, i are repeated.

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

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

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