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

I.
O the enormous avenues of the Holy Land, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcXade cfcd Xfcb gddX Xhabi eajbcXXc Xbgkdke Xibjf Xcdc kXkbXbhbc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,4,4,4,5,8,7,5,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 1001010100101 010100 11010010 10101001 011011 1111100110 101010101111010 0100101110 111001010101 010101010111 11111110111 0110101001000 111101010 1101000101010 11011 110011110 101100 00101011 1 11001010101 111111001 001001011010 1010101 101010100 001100101 11011100100 011011 10101110100101 00100111100101010000 1110111010 001000111 11101111000110 0101001101 110001101010 110101010 11010111 01011100000101 1010010101011 1 001111101111 110101 11010010100 1110000110 0010101101010 11101000110 01101010 1110100100 0001001001010010101 101010101 111010001 11111 11010010 11110101101 1110001 0111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 184
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; on, of, i, my, to, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word i is repeated.

    The author used the same words i, in at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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