This is an analysis of the poem Mdcccxciii: A Prelude that begins with:

Sweet days of breaking light,
or yet the shadowy might... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd eeaa ffgg eehh iiaa ddjj eekk aahh lljj mmee eeff ddcc eeaa nXjj Xlff bXll jjgg ccXa Xgkk kkaa jjff ochh jjdd Xagg aann lloc ppdd lljj jjee eeqq rraa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101 1101001 110101 1011 110101 111101 000101 1111 010001 1111001 010101 0101 010101 100101 1011001 0111 010101 100101 1101111 0101 010111 111101 1100001 0101 110101 100101 110101 0101 110001 100101 010101 0101 11111 101101 0011001 01001 110011 000101 100101 1101 110101 010111 010101 0101 100101 100101 010101 1111 101101 101101 010101 0101 100100 110101 110101 1011 101101 110101 111111 0111 1101010 010101 110101 1101 110101 0100101 101111 0111 010101 110101 110101 0101 010101 100101 1100010 1111 010100 110101 110101 0111 110101 010101 101101 0101 1001001 001001 010111 1001 1100100 110100 0100101 0101 100101 110101 0111 0011 101110 010101 010101 1101 100101 111111 1000101 0101 111101 010101 110100 0111 11001010 1111010 1001001 0111 110111 101111 0100101 1111 110111 1100101 100101 0101 111101 111101 010101 0101 001101 010011 0100101 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 32
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 95
  • Average number of words per stanza: 18
  • Amount of lines: 128
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words beauty, and, o, your are repeated.

    The author used the same words sweet, the, beauty 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 days is repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase rhyme connects the lines.

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