This is an analysis of the poem Stanzas Subjoined To The Yearly Bill Of Mortality Of The Parish Of All-Saints, Northampton. Anno Domini 1787 that begins with:

While thirteen moons saw smoothly run
The Nen's barge-laden wave,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd dede fcfc aaaa ghgh ieie jajaXjaja
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111101 011101 111100101 111101 11111111 100100 01010101 111101 110100111 111101 0100101010 110101 11010111 111101 01011101 111111 11011101 001101 01010111 111101 11110101 011111 01000101 110101 10111101 1111001 11010111 111101 11110111 111011 11111101 111101 11110101 111101 11110101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 128
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; can is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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