Analysis of Business

Ambrose Bierce 1842 (Meigs County) – 1914 (Chihuahua)



Two villains of the highest rank
Set out one night to rob a bank.
They found the building, looked it o'er,
Each window noted, tried each door,
Scanned carefully the lidded hole
For minstrels to cascade the coal
In short, examined five-and-twenty
Good paths from poverty to plenty.
But all were sealed, they saw full soon,
Against the minions of the moon.
'Enough,' said one: 'I'm satisfied.'
The other, smiling fair and wide,
Said: 'I'm as highly pleased as you:
No burglar ever can get through.
Fate surely prospers our design
The booty all is yours and mine.'
So, full of hope, the following day
To the exchange they took their way
And bought, with manner free and frank,
Some stock of that devoted bank;
And they became, inside the year,
One President and one Cashier.

Their crime I can no further trace
The means of safety to embrace,
I overdrew and left the place.


Scheme AAXXBBCCDDEEFFGGHHAAII JJJ
Poetic Form Tetractys  (20%)
Metre 11010101 11111101 110101110 11010111 1100011 11010101 010101010 111100110 11011111 01010101 0111110 01010101 11110111 11010111 110101001 01011101 111101001 10011111 01110101 11110101 01010101 1100101 11111101 01110101 1100101
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 853
Words 160
Sentences 9
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 22, 3
Lines Amount 25
Letters per line (avg) 27
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 338
Words per stanza (avg) 78
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. more…

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