This is an analysis of the poem An Epistle Addressed To Sir Thomas Hanmer, On His Edition Of Shakspeare's Works that begins with:

WHILE, born to bring the Muse's happier days,
A patriot's hand protects a poet's lays, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccbbddeeffdd aaggeehhXi aaXdhhcc aaddbbjjkk ddllhh mmffeebbddffhhdd nniiddhh ddkkaaaammjjddeeff ddkkhhcc eeccaaddgg hhmmdddddd ffcccchhddaa aajjdddd hhffddbb anhadXXXfX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,10,8,10,6,16,8,18,8,10,10,12,8,8,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11010101001 01001010101 1111110101 1110001001001 0101011101 1100100101 0101110101 1101011111 1101110101 10011011001 11011100101 01010100101 10110010101 1101110101 1101010101 1101010101 1101110101 1111111101 0101010101 11010101001 0111010101 1100101101 11011101011 0101010101 010111001100 1011110101 0101010101 0101011101 0101010110 0110011101 110011000101 11001000101 1001010101 11111100101 1101100101 1111010101 11011011111 11010001001 1101010101 0110010101 0101010111 1101111111 0101011101 1111011101 110110000101 0011011101 0101010111 01010101001 1101100101 11001100101 11110101001 0111011101 1101010111 1101001101 1101010101 1001111101 0101010101 0101010101 0101010111 1101110111 11011100101 0101010101 011001011101 1101111101 1101110101 010001000101 011001111001 111100100101 1101010101 0101110111 111001011010 10111111010 1101010101 01001010101 1101010101 1111011101 11010100111 01001110101 10101110101 0101010111 1101011101 11001010101 11010101001 1101011101 1111010101 1101000101 01111110111 01110010001 1101011101 1101000111 1101010111 10111110101 10011110111 1101000101 1101110101 01001000101 1101010101 1111010101 1101011101 101100110101 11110100101 111100100101 10001010111 1101111101 11001010111 1101010101 11110100101 0101000111 11011101001 1101010101 10101111101 11010101001 1101010101 1001110101 11110010101 1011000111 100110100101 1101110101 1111111101 1011110101 11101110101 0101010101 0101110111 10111110101 1111100101 11010010101 1011010101 1101110101 1001011101 0101000101 10101010101 1101110101 11001011101 01011111010 1001111001 1011110101 11010101001 1101000101 1101110101 1101011101 1110100100101 10101011101 1101011101 11110111001 1111110101 1101000101 1111010101 0101000101 101000100 11010010010100101 111001101011010 10101010010101010101110100100110101101010101010000010100011111100101011 0111010010 1010010001010 1101010101100010 10010011 1101000101 110001101010110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 497
  • Average number of words per stanza: 84
  • Amount of lines: 159
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (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; her, and, on, of, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words when, the, each, thy, there, what are repeated.

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  • summary of An Epistle Addressed To Sir Thomas Hanmer, On His Edition Of Shakspeare's Works;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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