This is an analysis of the poem Ode To Remorse that begins with:

Dread offspring of the holy light within,
Offspring of Conscience and of Sin,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaaaa ccdeedffee agaghhhcchii afafhjjhkkcc kkah ahcccc ffadaddd cc hhaahhh llXhhggh ff hhcXcii mXmjccmmmii hhjjccbb eeccccdd ahnhnann nnccddcchm mhie hihihhff XcicXfXbbaaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,10,12,12,4,6,8,2,7,8,2,7,11,8,8,8,10,4,8,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1110010101 11010101 11110101101 01001110101 010101110 011111010 0101110101 1101001111101 1101010 1100010 11010101011 1111010 10011010 0101010101 11111101 1111001010101 110111010 11010101101110 11010101 11100101 10010011101 01011101 11011101 01010101 11010101 11010101 11010001 01010101 1111001101 1100111010101 01111101 11010101 111101001 1101001010101 1101010101 11010101 111101001 0101010101 11010101 11010101 101100101 010101011101 1111111001 0101010101 0111011111 1101010111 001101 101100110101 110101 0100111 11010100101 110101110101 1001111101 11010101 10110101101 1000101001 1110010101 111101 1001001110111 11010110000101 1111011 110010111 0110100001 111001101 11010010101 11010101 1111010001 01011101 10110001001011 1111010101 1101000101 110100101100 1100101 01010101 01010101 01011101 10010111110101 110111001 0011110101 11010101 11010101 01010111 1101110111 110111 0101010101 101101111111 1101010101 1101010101010 1011010101 1001110101 0101010101 01110010101 11110101 01010011 11011101 11011101 110101111101 11001010011 010100101 10001010101 0101011111 1111001011 1101010101 10111101 1111111101 110101110 110111110 1101001001 0101010111 110111111 11010101 1101011101 0111110001 11011101 11110101 0011110101 11010101 1111010101 0111101101 1101111101 11010101110001 11011101 11111101 0101111101 11011110001 010101 111101 1101100 1100101010101 10011100001 11111111001 111001 0111001 1110010101 10110110101010 11010101 11010101 01010101 1101000101 0101010101 010011101 01010101 1101011101001 1101001010 11011101 11111111 11011111 11110110101 1010001010101 101100101 11010101 1101000101 110011101 1101010101 1101010100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 303
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 155
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; of, to, thy, his, and, he, that are repeated.

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

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