This is an analysis of the poem An Epitaph On Mr. Fishborne The Great London Benefactor, And His Executor that begins with:

What are thy gaines, O death, if one man ly
Stretch'd in a bed of clay, whose charity... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXXabccdXeeccccffghhhggiiiXXXXXddggiicccXjjccffkkkkkXXeXXabddii aaaaXkkkiiXXab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 64,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111110111 1001011100 1011010010 1010011111 11011111101 10101001100 1011110111 1111010100 0111010101 10011001010 1001010111 1111111101 1110011001 1101011101 1111111111 1111010111 0101010111 1101110111 1011001101 1100010100 1101011100110 1111010100110 1110010011 110111001001 1011011101 1111001111 0100010101 1101111111 0101111110 0110001011010 1101110011 0101010010 1110010111 1101011001 0101110101 0101011001 1111010101 1101110101 1101010111 010101011101 1001010111 1101000111 0101110111 1101110101 0101011101 0111011111 0101000111 1101110101 1011011101 1101010101 1001101111 1101011001 1101010101 111101100 1100011111 1111011101 0101001000 1111011100 1101000101 01111100100 101101011 1101000101 11001000101 1100011111 1111010111 11001110111 1101010101 1110110101 1111011111 1111010111 01110111001 1101010101 1111111101 0101011101 10110011101 11010110111 0101011111 1101010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1740
  • Average number of words per stanza: 312
  • Amount of lines: 79
  • 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; to, them, of are repeated.

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