This is an analysis of the poem Stanzas Subjoined To The Yearly Bill Of Mortality Of The Parish Of All-Saints, Northampton. Anno Domini 1788 that begins with:

Could I, from Heaven inspired, as sure presage
To whom the rising year shall prove his last,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab bcbc dede fgfg chch biXi ibib XjdjXbebe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 110100101110 0101011101 11110011001 1101010001 11110010101 1101111101 1101010101 01010100101 1111110101 0111010101 1111000101 0101010101 11010010101 0011001111 1001110001 1101011111 1101110101 1101011101 0111110001 1101011101 0101010011 11110100101 1101110010 1011000101 1111011101 1101010111 0101010101 1101011101 11111101100 0101111111 1011011101 1101011101 1111010101 0111000101 1111110011 10110011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 176
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; to is repeated.

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