This is an analysis of the poem The Dance At Darmstadt that begins with:

In the city of Darmstadt, the Sabbath morn
Shone over the broad Cathedral Square,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cCDDaaeeffddffaabbgghhbb XfhfbbffbijjkkkklLmmffaaffbX ffddbbffhXbbbbffmmggkkaA aabbhhfXffnnhhffmX ffeeoobbcCDDbbaa aabijjgglLmmooaaaaookkhhiijjkXaA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,24,28,24,18,16,32,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 00100110101 110010101 1010101101 0101000101 1101101101 011101111 1011011001 100100111 10111101 10100111 10110111 10101101 101111101 011100101 1100100111 11101111 10110101 100101101 10010111 01111101 1010101 111101111 1101101101 0100111101 101100101 010110101 1110010101 10101010101 111110101 10100100101 111011101 1011100101 11011101 0101100111 1011100111 111111101 1010101111 10100101010 0110100101 1010100101 10100100111 1010110101 101101101011 0100110101 1010110101 0111111111 1010011101 10100110101 1100111111 1111101101 10110100101 1101100101 11101111101 011100101 111101101 101001001010 110110101 1101100101 11110101 110100111 010011101 110010101 10110011001 001110101 10111111 110111100 10101011 111110101 10101111 1010110111 110011101 010101101 10111101 11100101 10101101 101100101 101100101 10110100 101011111 111010111 10101100101 1011100111 100010101 1100010101 1111111111 101110101 0100100101 0110101101 1101100101 110101101 1111111101 0101111101 0101101111 1101100111 1110100111 111101111 010110101 1101001010 10101101111 1011101 1010101100 10111101 100100101 1101111111 011100101 110010101 101101101 011101111 1011011001 100100111 101111101 111101111 010101101 10110111 111010111 010111101 011101111 101001001010 0110100101 1011100101 101001101011 0100110101 0101101101 0111111111 010010101 1011110101 11101100111 110011000101 1011000101 111100101 11110111 1011100101 10100101 10011000111 1111111101 11101110111 111100111 1010100101 11011111110 01001011010 110110101 10110000101 1010110101 1010110111 111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 756
  • Average number of words per stanza: 134
  • Amount of lines: 145
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word prayer at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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