This is an analysis of the poem The Idolators that begins with:

The veil was rent, and mundane Time merged in Eternity;
And I beheld the End of Things. I heard the Last Decree... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abb ccc ddd eee ffX ggg ggg hhh hhh ddd ccc ddd iii ggg aab ddd bbX ccc jjj XbX ddX ccX ccX ggg iiX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01111011100100 11100101110101 01110110111000 10110101010001 110011101101111 10010100010101 11010100110111 01011111110101 01010101110101 11010001110101 110111011110101 10011101100111 11010101010101 11010101010101 1101110001101001 110101001101011 11011101100011 10111111010101 11111101110001 10010101010101 11010101010011 11100101110101 0101010101001 01110101111101 100011111110101 10110100111101 10110100110101 110010101110101 01111101110101 110110111010011 11111101010101 11110111110111 111101001101011 11110101110100 11010101110001 01110111010011 110100111111101 11010111010001 11010101110111 11010001010100 11010101011101 11010011101001 10010111110100 01111101011100 11010101011111 11011101001011 110101011110001 01111111110001 11110101011101 01010101011001 11110100010111 11110111110101 11111100110101 1111110100110111 11111111110101 11010100100101 11110011111101 10111011010101 10111101010111 11010011100000 11011111110011 011111101110111 11100111010100 101111101111111 101010101000111 11101111111101 11100101100101 01010101110101 11110100010111 110111000101001 11111100011101 11110101110111 11110101110111 11110101110101 111101001101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 181
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 75
  • Average number of symbols per line: 60 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, from, to, he, i, ye, my are repeated.

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

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

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

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