This is an analysis of the poem A Life Of Crime that begins with:

Frail friends, I love you all!
Maybe that's the trouble, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabXXX ccdXXd adXdbd adXdXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111111 101010 1001001 101111 01110001 11101 10110 1101110 0101001 1001110 1101011 110100111 1011010 10011 101001011 0100110100 100111 101101 10111010 0101110 011111110 101010 10011 10010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 169
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to is repeated.

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