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

Old Egypt's gods, Osiris, Ammon, Thoth,
Came on my dream in thunder, and their feet...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaabXaab cddece
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 1101100101 1111010111 01010011011 0101010101 1111011111 01010111101 1101010111 0101011101 0111010101 0101010011 1111011101 1111010101 1001100101 1111010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 313
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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.

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  • summary of The Retribution;
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