This is an analysis of the poem On Mr. Howard's Account Of Lazarettos that begins with:

Mortal! who, armed with holy fortitude,
The path of good right onward hast pursued;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaaccddeeaaffggccggffaacchheeggffccccccaaaaaaiiccaaaajjaacckkaakXffhhaaaalleeaaddllbbddccccccmmnnaaaacceeccccooaakkeeaabbcchhXdaaeeggggffppbbccgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 148,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1011010101 0100110101 1101010111 01000010101 0101011101 1111000101 0100010101 1111011101 1111000101 01010101001 1101011111 0101010101 1100110101 1101111101 0101011011 111001010001 1001010101 1100101101 0101010101 01010110101 01110101001 1011011101 1111011101 1101101101 1101011101 1001110101 1001010101 1001011101 1111110001 1011010101 1111010101 1101010101 1111010101 11010101001 1100100111 1101010101 11001100101 11100101001 1101010001 1101010101 0101010101 1101100101 0101010101 0101010101 0101110101 0101010101 0011011001 0101010101 1100110101 11010010101 01011100101 1101110111 0111111101 0101110101 1111101101 1101110101 0101011101 0101010101 0101110001 01110101001 001110011001 1001110101 1111010101 1101100101 0100011101 01010011101 11001011001 1001011110 0111110101 1111010111 1111010101 1111100101 1111111101 1110000101 1001010101 01011110101 0111011111 10010101001 1111010101 0101010101 1111110101 1100110111 1111110111 1011111111 11110100101 1001011101 1111000101 11010100111 11000010101 0101010111 0101010101 1101011101 1101110101 1011010111 11001010111 0101110001 100101010010 11011001010 11101110101 1111001101 1111010101 1101010001 1111110101 0011010101 1101010101 0011011101 1111010101 1101011111 1101010011 0101010101 1101010101 1101110101 1101010101 11001010101 1011011101 10010010111 1011011101 01011101001 1101010101 11001010111 0111010101 01001011101 1101000101 11011100101 1011111111 0100110101 11001010101 0101001101101 01010100111 11001010111 1011010101 1111010101 01000100101 1101110011 0111011011 11001100001 11111101001 1000100101 1111010101 01001010101 0011010101 0101010101 1101000111 10010011101 1111001101 11001011101 01010101101 0101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 6494
  • Average number of words per stanza: 1160
  • Amount of lines: 148
  • 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; thy, to, for, and, where, of, i, no, his, that are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words where, of, i, and, that, to are repeated.

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