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

Fairest and foremost of the train that wait
On man's most dignified and happiest state,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffggeehhaaddaaeeiijjhhjjaaaahheehhXckkkkeeaaaaffllddaaeeccffhhaXhheeffXfXhmmffddjjhheeddhhkknnkkhhffhhaaaajjoojjXheebbddeeppffkkeehhppaakkiiXhaaaakkXhddbbhhccccddnneeXffgghhhhhhkkeeaXffaaaaaaiijjllffeehhgghhXXjjhhbbbbcchhaaaaeeiikkccffhhffjjccff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 636,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1011100111 11110111001 1011110011 1101110101 10111001001 0111011011 1101101101 11100111001 1101110111 0101111001 11100100010 11010111010 1101110001 0101110101 1101010101 11001010101 1111111101 1101010001 11001111111 1111010001 10001010101 1101110101 1101010111 1101000101 1101000101 1001010101 0101110101 0101010001 1101110001 0101000111 1101110101 0101000101 1101110101 0101000101 1111010101 1110010001 0101100101 01010010101 1101110111 10110010101 1111110011 1100010101 11010111001 1101101101 110101010 11111100101 0101111111 1111001111 0111101111 11001101001 1111010101 11010010101 1101010011 1111110101 1101000101 1101111001 1101110101 010010010011 1111110101 110100100101 0111111101 0101000101 0101010101 1111001101 1111010101 1111110101 111100100111 01010100111 1111011101 0101110001 1100011101 1001110011 1101010101 01001000110 1101010011 1101110001 1101001101 1101010101 01110111010 1101111101 1101000110 1101011101 0101010110 001001010011 1001010001 1001010001 1001110111 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0111001101 1101001111 0101110001 1111010101 0101010001 1100110101 1000110011 1111010101 1111010111 10011000101 0101000101 010000101 1011010001 0101010101 1111111101 1100111101 01010010101 1101010111 0101010011 11100110101 11010100000 0101010101 1111001111 01001100101 1111100101 01100101001 11010010011 0101010110 01001110011 1101110101 1100110001 1101111101 0101010101 1101010101 1101011101 1001010111 1001110111 0101101101 01011011010 1110011101 0111010101 1111010101 1101110101 1101000101 0111101101 1111010101 0101010001 0101010101 11001111101 11010101001 0110011101 0101010101 1101010011 1101010010 1101010101 1111001101 1101010101 11001010101 1101000101 1101011111 0101010101 1101011101 1101011101 0101010001 010101011 1101001101 1001010101 1101010101 1101010111 1101110111 1101010101 11011010101 10001000101 0101110001 1101011101 1101001101 01011100001 1101010101 1001011101 00101010101 111011110 0101010001 0101110101 1101110101 1101110111 10010100101 1101010101 1001110101 1101010001 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1101010101 1011010100 0100010111 0100010111 1111110101 1111110111 11110101001 010010111001 0101111111 00101011110 1001000111 1111110101 1100011001 11110011001 1101010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 27302
  • Average number of words per stanza: 4974
  • Amount of lines: 636
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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, thee, his, thou, s, of, he, as, i, thy, this, her, she, their, d, we, be, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, to, but, whether, that, their, if, and are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines d is repeated).

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