This is an analysis of the poem A Discontented Sugar Broker that begins with:

A gentleman of City fame
Now claims your kind attention;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaBccddB dedEffggE bXbhiijjh khkXaXkkh ghghccllh jXjEmmjjE mlmleebbl enenllddX ieieddlle iiXXghiiX gngNiiffN dXdliiddl f XoiOiiiXllO
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,1,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01000101 1111010 110010101 0111110 11010101 11000100 1111 1101 0111110 11010111 1101010 01000111 1111010 01010101 11010111 1101 1101 1111010 01010111 1101110 11110101 1101010 01101101 01000100 1101 1101 0101010 10101110101 0111110 100011011 11010100 11011101 11010101 0101 1101 1101010 0100101001 1101110 11010101 0100010 11110101 01010101 0101 0101 1100010 11011101 0100110 01010101 0111000 01110111 01010111 0101 1111 0111000 01110101 1101110 11011101 1111010 01010111 11101101 1111 1101 1111010 101011101 1101010 11111101 1111110 01011101 01011101 1111 1101 11111100 0100111001 1001010 01010101 1101010 01110001 11010101 0111 0101 0111010 01011101 1101010 1101001100 110001000 01110101 1000100 1111 0111 110001000 11010111 1101010 01010111 1101110 01010001 01000101 11001 0100 1101110 01010011 0101010 11010111 0101010 01010001 11010101 0111 0101 1001010 10 11011101 0101010 11010001 00110010 11010101 11010101 1001 0110 11010101 01010101 00110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 237
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 120
  • 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; you, his, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, he, your, you, to are repeated.

    The author used the same word his at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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