This is an analysis of the poem A Manual, More Ancient Than The Art Of Printing, And Not To Be Found In Any Catalogue that begins with:

There is a book, which we may call
(Its excellence is such)... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef dfdf dgdg chch didi cjhj jkjk haha fgfg hchc Xggg flfl
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10011111 010001 01011011 010101 111100001 110101 11011101 110101 100010101 010101 11000101 110101 11110101 010101 11011101 010101 01011101 110101 01001101 100101 110001001 1111001 11100111 110001 01010101 010111 01110101 110101 01111101 100101 01011101 111111 01010101 110101 10010101 010101 11010001 010111 010011111 011101 11010101 010101 01010101 110011 01110101 110101 110101001 110101 11010101 110101 110101001 110001 11010101 001101 11101101 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 119
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • 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.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of A Manual, More Ancient Than The Art Of Printing, And Not To Be Found In Any Catalogue;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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