This is an analysis of the poem Benares that begins with:

I stood by the Ganges and watch'd the pilgrim's come and go...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbc X dede X cfcf X gege aXecec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1 11101011010111 100101111101001 10011101010111 10011111011101 1 1101101111001 01100111001011 11010110100101 01001111001101 1 11110110110101 11111111101111 11101101010101 01001010010101 1 11011101100101 10010110110001 10011100110101 110110101010101 1 010011100010101 01011101001011 11010101010101 11010100010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 119
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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

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