This is an analysis of the poem A Song To David that begins with:

Sublime—invention ever young,
Of vast conception, tow'ring tongue ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccb ddebbe ddffff ggcggc gghddh iiiiii ddcccX ffdhhd bbjXXj Xfkhhk ddlddl gXbggb hhfhhf kkgggg kkgffg kkibbi XbkiikXiiiggi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 01010101 0110101 10110001 100010001 1010101 01110001 11110111 110111 11110101 01110001 1100001 11010101 01100101 111101 01110111 1100101101 010111 10110101 01011101 110001 11010101 11001111 011111 010100111 010010101 101111 01000001 11000101 110101 010001110 110101010 010101 01010001 01010101 0110001 11010101 01010101 110001 01011111 01011011 11111 11010101 11010101 111111 01010001 111100001 110101 11010001 01010101 110101 01010101 11010100 010101 100111100 11010101 110101 10011101 110100101 111101 10110101 111010100 110101 10010101 10110101 0101001 10010101 10010101 111101 10110101 11010001 110001 10010101 01110101 010101 10110101 101110101 010111 11010111 10010101 110101 10010101 11011101 110101 10010001 11000101 010001 110101010 010101010 110101 100010101 10010101001 1000101 100010101 1000100111 10010101 100010110 1000111101 1000101 100100001 10001001 1000101 1001100001 01110101 110111 11010101 110101101 010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 201
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 108
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, sweet, his, where, precious, glorious are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, his, from, sweet, strong, and, where, glorious are repeated.

    The author used the same words the, for, sweet, strong, glorious at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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