This is an analysis of the poem Table Talk that begins with:

A. You told me, I remember, glory, built
On selfish principles, is shame and guilt;... full text

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  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 772,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
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  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 32805
  • Average number of words per stanza: 5960
  • Amount of lines: 772
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; they, of, to, there, his, be, if, and, her, for, s, ye, him, thee, she, in, he, as, that are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words that, blest, a, to, as, the, and, let, if are repeated.

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

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