This is an analysis of the poem Laudamus that begins with:

The Lord shall slay or the Lord shall save !
He is righteous whether He save or slay—... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcbcb dbdbbXbcb eeeeefefe ghghhdhdhXbcbccecec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,19,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 011110111 1010101111 101110111 10111111001 1111110101 1111101111 10101001001 1011110111 1110010111 1011111101 1011111101 1010101111 1011111101 111111111 1111101101 1110011111 11100100101 1010110110 1110101101 1011100101 1011101101 1011101101 1110111111 011101111 1111100111 0110111101 0010111101 1110110101 1011101011 1011101111 1011110111 1011100111 1010111001 1011100111 1010101101 11101101101 010100111 011100101 1111101111 1010101111 1111100101 0110111111 1011111001 0011000101 1110111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 398
  • Average number of words per stanza: 78
  • Amount of lines: 45
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; he, that, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words shall, for, though are repeated.

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  • summary of Laudamus;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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