This is an analysis of the poem Dies Irae that begins with:

Dies irae! dies ilia!
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Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX aXa XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110 10100100 1101100 101001100 101001100 1011000 10101010 1100100 10101010 11001100 1100100 10001000 10101000 01101000 1101000 10101100 10101000 11001000 11101100 11001000 11101100 1101000 11001010 1011100 100101 111011 11110101 10110010 10001010 10101110 110100 1011000 101100 1000101 1010101 100011 11001000 11001000 1011100 101111 1110110 11100101 01101010 11101100 100110 10001000 10100100 10111000 10101100 11001010 110110 1000110 10101100 1000101 11011
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 75
  • Average number of words per stanza: 11
  • Amount of lines: 55
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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