This is an analysis of the poem The Manuscript Of Saint Alexius that begins with:

There came a child into the solemn hall
where great Pope Innocent sat throned and heard ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbbdcbedfgghbba bijakcXg lleXfedmm cmXjemddjmc nidccbghnbdopbdl denabdfmnelcpedccdh lgbdafddXXXmX koqeX mbbXnedndn enanbm ecXXeeXXegbbXb mbXbaldecebmamdXb ibmbnlmbmjo cbgncbcdmdlbedcbk dbbbbmdbcaX mX bbhBX X mX bbmbbBnX X mX cfnmX erX Xg hX r mlbneb rbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 17,8,9,11,16,19,13,5,10,6,14,17,11,17,11,2,5,1,2,8,1,2,5,3,2,2,1,6,3,6,5,10,11,7,4,5,6,4,9,8,10,9,10,17,17,31,3,9,15,16,11,2,13,5,8,5,27,15,6,6,2,19,3,5,12,10,3,23,18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
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  • Amount of stanzas: 69
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 398
  • Average number of words per stanza: 74
  • Amount of lines: 632
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, i, that, me, my, for, learning, when, more, us, had, her, weak, no, fair, or, it, in, kiss, dream, not, to, all, his, give, fruit, thee, he are repeated.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines mine, come, day, son are repeated).

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

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