This is an analysis of the poem Es Ist Alles Eitel that begins with:

Du siehst, wohin du siehst, nur Eitelkeit auf Erden.
Was dieser heute baut, reißt jener morgen ein;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaaX aaXX XXX bXX b cabc caac ddeXaae
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,3,3,1,4,4,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0110011100110 11011110101 110111111 11110110111110 110111110010 111111110111 111101111100 1111111101100 110101111110 11111111110 11111111110 11100110111 11100111100 1011011101100 0100001 110110010101 111101010111 110101000101 0111010101101 1111111110101 110111110111 1101010111101 110101011101 101101111101 111111110101 1111110110101 111111110111 1101010110101 111001011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 171
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (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; der, no are repeated.

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

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