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

What virtue, or what mental grace
But men unqualified and base... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccb ddbeeb ddbffb ccdggd gghddh iijddj ccdcXd XXgaag dddggd aaakkg ddbaab ccdcXd ggbddj XXjddj eekggk lljccj iibddb aabaab kkamma cchnnX bbjggj aaXaaa oohpph ccXeej bbbccb bbbggb cceaae bbjccj nncddc ddbccX bbkhhk lljbbj ccXddX ddcccc bbcddcXmmliil
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011101 11010111 0101010 01010101 01010001 1100010 010010111 01010111 0101010 11010101 11000101 1101010 11110001 01001101 011011 11011101 11110001 1111111 10110011 11110111 1101010 11110100 11110101 0100010 11010101 11010111 1101110 11100001 1001010 01010010 11010101 01101001 1001010 01011001 11011001 1101010 11000101 11110100 1111010 11110101 01011100 1101010 11011110 001001110 0101010 11010011 11010101 0101010 100010001 11011101 1100010 110100001 01001001 1111010 10010001 00010111 1101010 110010001 11010101 1100110 01010001 01011101 1101010 01010011 11001101 1101010 01010011 01010001 0101010 01000101 111101001 1101110 1110101 11010111 0101010 110010101 110100101 1101110 11011010 11001110 1011010 10010101 01010001 1111010 110001001 01011101 1101010 01010101 01011111 1111010 01101101 01010011 0101010 01010111 11110101 1101110 01011101 11000101 0100010 01000101 01000111 1100010 01010101 01010101 0100110 11010101 11010001 0101010 11010101 11010001 11011100 11011111 01000101 11010100 01111101 11010001 0101010 11110101 000101001 0100010 11110101 11011111 1101010 11010111 11000001 0110110 1001100101 110010101 0111000 11010101 11111101 0101010 01010101 11010101 1111010 11111111 11001111 1010110 01111101 11010100 1101100 1001111 001010101 0111010 01010111 11001111 1111010 01010101 11011101 1100010 11101111 11000111 1101010 01110001 11011101 0100010 11010101 11100111 1100010 11010101 11010101 1101010 11110111 110101001 0100110 01001101 01110001 0101010 01111111 11110111 1110110 01011111 01010101 0101010 11010001 11010001 1101010 11010101 011100111 1100100 11010101 11011111 1100110 110101010 110101110 0101010 01110101 11110111 1101110 11110001 10111101 0111010 11010111 11110101 0101100 11010101 01110101 1101100 01011101 01110011 00110100 11010101 01010001 01000100 01010101 01010011 1111110 11010111 1100011 1101100 11001101 11011101 0101111 11111101 01011101 1111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 36
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 186
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 216
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, that, to are repeated.

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

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

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