This is an analysis of the poem The 9th Satire Of Book I. Of Horace : The Description Of An Impertinent. Adapted To The Present Times that begins with:

Sauntering along the street one day,
On trifles musing by the way,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddXXeefXgaXbccbXaghheebbiiXjcXXXbbiikkhhXlccmXddlXdXbbbbhhjjcXcXbaXccbbbXXmbXXicXdXaXddaamXfXjjjjaabXcXaajXXXnncncnbbddeeoopphhaalXjjaabXqqbbrrmmbXnniXaakkccbbXXsskk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 171,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100010111 11010101 11010101 11010111 10111111 11010111 110111111 101011111 01010101 111101100 11010101 11011101 11111111 111101100 11000100 11010011 11110101 11010111 10111111 11010001 10011001 11001101 11011101 11010100 110010101 11010101 11011101 01000111 11110001 11010001 11111111 10111110 11111101 110100111 01010111 11110111 101100011 111101011 11010101 011000101 101010111 11111101 11110011 01010101 01110101 11110101 1011110 11110111 11111111 11100101 01011101 111101010 11110101 01010111 11110111 11111110 10010111 11010110 10001101 11110111 01111111 01010011 10011101 11010111 01010101 11011111 11010011 11100110 11110001 01010101 10110101 01110111 101111110 01011111 11110001 01010101 11010101 110101111 11010011 10010010 11111001 01010001 11010101 11101100 11011111 01111101 110101110 11010101 10011111 10110101 11111111 10101111 010001001 11010001 11011101 11110111 111111100 1011111 1101010010 11011101 11110111 11111101 11011011 11110011 01010111 11111001 11110101 11010101 111101010 10111110 1110111 111101001 110101100 11010111 11101111 111111010 111111110 00010101 10010100 11001111 110111010 01010101 11101111 11010011 11110110 10110101 10101101 01010101 01111001 110111010 111101010 10010101 11010101 01111101 11110101 11101101 111111010 11110001 11111111 10010111 11010111 11011111 110101010 101010001 11111101 11011111 11011111 111100010 010001110 01010011 11010111 100110111 110010000 110111110 101101010 101010111 01011111 11010101 01011101 11110101 11000101 11010001 10010001 01011111 11010111 111100010 11011111 01100111 10110101 11110001 10010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 6011
  • Average number of words per stanza: 1129
  • Amount of lines: 171
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; you, my, beware, i, ', to are repeated.

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase beware connects the lines.

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