This is an analysis of the poem A Creature Catechism that begins with:

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Soul, what art thou in the tribes of the sea?... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bcbc dcdc efea ghgh ifIa X j Xkak lmlm aeae ieie ijIj X l llll nlnl jnjn lclc ilIl X l ogog hlhl jhjh mjmj ilIl a h glgl apap plpl amam XhIh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,4,4,4,4,4,1,1,4,4,4,4,4,1,1,4,4,4,4,4,1,1,4,4,4,4,4,1,1,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 1111001001 110101 01001001 110101 00111 10111010 110111 101001010 11111001 1110101 1101010 1100111 11001001 1101001 1101001 1101001 11011 1001001 100100 1101010 001001 1 1111001001 110101 100101 1100111 01001 01001001 10110111 11011001 0111001 100010001 1100101 11001111 100101 100111 11101001 10100111 10101 01001101 01010001 1101010 001001 1 1111001001 110101 1111111 1101011 111011 11011001 01101011 1010101 001001001 101101001 11101011 1101001 001001001 1101011 11001101 11110101 1101 11001001 0111001 1101010 001001 1 1111001001 110101 10110101 1110101 101001 10101001 0101111 1101011 0100101 1111101 0100101 101111 100101 111111 1010111 1011101 101001 1100101 00101101 1101010 001001 1 1111001001 111101 1101001 1010101 11011 11011001 101011011 111111 1010101 100111 100111 101101 110101 11011001 1100111 1110101 1111 101011010 110111 1101010 001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 34
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 95
  • Average number of words per stanza: 19
  • Amount of lines: 115
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, of, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words our, for, or are repeated.

    The author used the same word then at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of A Creature Catechism;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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