This is an analysis of the poem To The Earl Of Warwick, On The Death Of Mr. Addison that begins with:

If, dumb too long, the drooping Muse hath stay'd,
And left her debt to Addison unpaid;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd eeaaccfXXaaagX bbbbddhhii bbggaaaabbddaa aaiiccjjggaaaaccddff iiccddffeehhffii kkccffccffaa aahhbbcchh aallccjjaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,14,10,14,20,16,12,10,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0111010111 1101010001 1101010101 1111110111 11010101010 110111101 1101011101 1101000101 1101010111 1111110001 1100010101 1111010001 1101110101 11010011101 1100110101 01010101010 01010111010 1011110101 11010110111 0111110101 1101010101 1101111101 0111010101 0101011101 1011110001 1101010111 010011101001 11010100101 0101001101 11010110011 1101001101 11001100011 11110101001 1100010101 0101110101 1101010101 11110101001 0111010101 1101110001 11001110101 11110101010 11111101010 1011010101 1101010101 110100100101 0101011101 0111000101 11010111001 01101101001 0101100111 110010101001 01001110101 1101011101 1101010101 1101010001 01011110001 1111110101 0111001101 1001110101 01111100101 1101111101 1101011101 01010010101 1101011101 1101110101 1111111111 11011111001 1101110111 0101010101 1111011101 0101110101 10101010111 0001110111 1101110101 0100010111 011000100101 1101101101 11111111001 1101101101 0101010101 1111011111 0111011101 1111001101 1111011101 111110011001 10111110101 1101110111 1101110001 110101111 11111111101 01010101001 1111010111 1101001101 1101011111 0101110101 1100010111 01011101001 0101111101 11110101001 0111010101 1111111101 1101010001 0110011101 11010010101 1101110111 01111010101 11110010001 1101011101 1101110101 1100111101 1111010111 0101110111 1111010101 1111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 562
  • Average number of words per stanza: 99
  • Amount of lines: 114
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; through, thy, my, who, when, i, in, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words through, the, my, when are repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase farewell connects the lines.

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