This is an analysis of the poem Aforetime that begins with:

Dear exile from the hurrying crowd,
At work I muse to you aloud;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbbbccdeeabafgfg cfhabbidjddbbkchbgXbablmd lfeebXddXdhhcbnbimciabohnXibobldfhjbckcliipahcnbhqecheobnlXekbcreklcbafbjccshljlcdtihhhidahasbhdhchhaubhiebhdhbaaXdfhcqdclabddelimhdhchbXbbcqhhhXvbggdckhkbgm bbchcqhcXhmmuabbanbiwqcd cbvhmceaepdahgbbddpbnXcahmh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,25,157,24,66,7,45,9,6,61,28,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111001001 11110101 11110101 11011111 110100101 01010101 101100001 01010111 11010111 010111101 01010111 010011101 1010001 010010101 1010011 1001101101 11111011 11110101 1110101010 1101010101 1011010101 1101010011 000110001010 1101111111 10010111000 11011101010 01111011110 110101010100 010101 1110111101 110010010000 1101011101 0101111101 11100101001 110101 01001010101 011101100 1101011100 1101011101 1101001111 0101010100 1111010111 1101110110 0111110101 1001011101 1011111011 1101010101 100100011111 10111100111 1101011111 10111111010 0100110111 110111101011 1111011101 1001111111 1101111111 10010101001 1111110101 1001010111 1101011111 1111011101 0111011111 1001011111 1111011101 0101011101 110110011101 1101011111 1111111011 11011101100 1011100011 11001111011 11010100101 01001011101 1001001111 1101111101 1011111111 0110001001001 01000101110 1101110010 1101101101 0101011101 111011 1101100111 1111101101 1011110101 01111111110 1111011111 0101011111 0100011111 11010101010 1111110010 01000101101 01011101100 11110111011 1111011111 1101111111 1101100101 1111010101 10101111001 11001011111 01011001001 1001010101 0011110101 1111010101 11010101010 1001010101 11010111010 0111001111 0101110111 01001110100 1111010111 10010010001 11111111010 101111 1001010101 1101001101 00110011010 1101001111 0100010101 1001110101 1001010101 10110011001 0101000111 1101111011 1101100101 0101000100 10001110111 01001111100 110010010101 11010110101 110101010011 1011111101 0100010101 1111010111 1111001101 11110011011 10110001010 0101010111 1101111101 1101110001 011011010 10111101110 11010110101 010010101101 1011101101 1101010101 1101011101 1000110101 00100101001 1100010011 0101011011 1101101101 1101101101 11010101110 100101001110 1011111101 01111110100 11011111011 01110100101 01111101101 11001010101 1110001110 1001011111 1100011111 11010110001 1111011001 10110100010 0100011101 11010010010 11011101110 1001110101 1011010101 1101110111 1101110111 11010000101 101101100111 110010101010 1111011111 1111110101 11110101100 11010101001 1111111101 10010001 11011011010 111100101010 01110110111 1101010011 01111101100 1111110101 00110101110 1101011111 0111011111 11101111010 10110010101 1101110001 1101010111 0101111101 1111110101 0111010011 01001001101 1111110110 01010101010 0101000101 1001010111 1011010101 10001101010 1111010101 1011010100 011100100101 1011010100 1101011111 1001110101 11001101001 1001010101 01100101111 1101010111 1101011101 1111110101 1101100101 0101010101 1001000111 11010101010 1011001101 11001110101 10110101001 0101101101 11001010100 0101010101 0100110111 110000101011 0110110101 1011000111 1101010001 1011011101 0101100111 110101001001 0110110101 0100011101 100100111010 1101010001 11010101011 0101110001 1000010101 11010110001 1001010101 11010111110 1011010101 1001000111 101111101011 1001110111 0101010111 111101110010 10101011101 0101010100 1101101101 1111010101 1111111111 1011100101 11010100111 001100100001 1111010111 0101110000 1101010001 0111110 11000010 1110110 1100010101 1101110101 010111110 10110111010 1101010101 1101011100 1100111001 1111001011 1101111101 10011111111 01110101111 010101 1101110101 011101 11010 0100011 110011 110010 0101010101 01010100 0111 11010 110110 1001 110101 111101 101011 0101010001 1011110011 11011111010 1101 111101 0011001 110101 1101 11110 1101011 1001 01010 110101 110101 111101 010101 11011101 110101000 0101 10110101110 1010110100 01101111101 01110100101 11010 1101010 01001010001 10101001010 1010101010 010101 1101000101 11011101 100101 1001000111 11001010011 111111 010101 111100 1011 11010010 111100 11010100 1001010 11010 1111011111 1111 11110 0101001111 1111110 100101101 10010101 1001101 0101 110111 1111 1111 1011111010 0111111101 11010 110100 0101010 0101 10010 1000 1010 011111 101011101 11111010010 1111010101 0100110 11011001010 1001110110000 1010101 1001110101 11110010110 1111 10010101 11010101010 1101010001 11011101110 1001010101 011100110 10010110001 1001011011 1010111111 1101000101 1001011101 1011010101 1011010101 0101011101 1111110101 10110101010 011111 0111010 1010 1101 1101011 111010 111110 110101 010101 110101 100011 111011 1111110 11111101010 101101 1100 1010 01011110101 010111 110111 0101010110 1101100001 11111 1101111010 1001111101 0111010 1101010011 1101010111 11010101 1101010011 110111 100101 100100101110 10010101100 1111110 111101 0101111101 1011 1111011 10011101000 1111110101 1010 11110110101 10111 01010101011 10111101 0011010 1111010 1111 110111 1101100111 110101001010 01011101010 101101 01011101110 11010 111110 1111011101 0101001 11010001010 1010010 1101100110010 11010101 11001011 01111101 01010101 10111101 11010111 01111101 01010011 01111111 11110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1375
  • Average number of words per stanza: 245
  • Amount of lines: 456
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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, or, of, her, with, as, to, so, then, that, than, this are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words her, and, or, these are repeated.

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