This is an analysis of the poem Truth that begins with:

Man, on the dubious waves of error toss'd,
His ship half founder'd, and his compass lost,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccccddbbeeccffgghhddggXiijjaahhggccaaaaccbbggbbhheekkggbbiieecchhhhhaacchhllXXmmbbbbmmXbXebbggbbffaakkmmccggiinnhhddbbeecceeiikkeeggccccbbcciimmaaoonnmmXgppcchhbbcchhaaccgghhkknnbbiijjccaabbeeeeddqqeeeejjggrXbbddcchhaacciisscccbbddkkhhbbggbbeebbXaccgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 588,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
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  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 25242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 4575
  • Amount of lines: 588
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; it, of, from, his, and, him, my, her, to, your, he, in, would, as, not are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words no, what, his, the, her, hence, and, to, that, in, pride, some are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases regret, prayer connect the lines.

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