This is an analysis of the poem Sweet Meat Has Sour Sauce; Or, The Slave-Trader In The Dumps that begins with:

A trader I am to the African shore,
But since that my trading is like to be o'er, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaBBcccB dddB eeeB dddB dddB aaaB fffB gggB XhhBXaaaBB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01011001001 111110010010 11101111101 111110101 1111101 11110101101 11111101001 11111001111 11111 1010001001001 01001001011 11101101011 11111 11011011011 10101101001 11101101011 11111 1111111101 11011001011 11001011011 11111 101001001001 1100111101 101001001001 11111 11001011001 01011101001 1111101111 11111 1111001001 11111101111 11101101001 11111 11001111011 1100111001 11001101001 11111 11101011111 01011101101 01011101001 11111 10011111101 1111111111 101011001011 111110101 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 178
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 46
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, pity are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word here's at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

    The poet repeated the same word c at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • central theme;
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