This is an analysis of the poem Hymn To The Patriarchs that begins with:

OR OF THE BEGINNINGS OF THE HUMAN RACE.
Illustrious fathers of the human race,...

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  • Rhyme scheme: a abcbbbdeXfgbcbebddadh abdgdbaaidbiaeceaddchjebkebeeldabfmg bakbdiblleinal jbfdaeaiXmejodd babalcebXbomdmbeee edabmidngibXjb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,21,36,14,15,18,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10001000101 01001000101 0101010101 0101011111 1001010001 1011010011 100010101 0101010101 11111001001 1101110101 0111010101 0101110100 0101011101 0101110011 0101110111 1101010101 0101010101 0101010101 1011010101 1101010101 11001110101 1111010101 1101110101 0001011101 1111111101 1100010100 010011100111 1101100101 0101011001 01110111001 010101010101 01010101001 110010010101 0101010101 1111001100 0110010100 1111001101 1111010101 0101010001 01011100111 0101010101 1101110101 0100010101 01001010100 01010101001 1101010111 1011010111 0101010100 1111010111 0101110111 01010101001 0101110101 0101010001 1101000111 0101110101 0101010011 1100010101 0111010100 1101011101 1101011101 0101111101 0011110101 0111010101 11000101001 0111010101 0111000101 010101010101 0101010011 0101010101 0101000101 1011101101 0111010011 1101110111 0100010101 1101110111 1101000101 0111010101 1111111100 01010000101 0101010111 0101011100 0101011101 1101010101 1101010101 1101111100 10010010101 1101010101 1101110101 111010111 0101010111 0101110011 11010111101 0111110101 1101010101 1001110101 1101010001 0011011101 01011101001 1001110011 0100100101 0101010101 0101010100 0101010101 1101010110 1101010001 1101010101 0101111011 1101111111 0101011111 0101010001 0101001101 1101011101 1101010011 0110100100 1101000101 1111110101 11011101000 1100010100 0101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 728
  • Average number of words per stanza: 127
  • Amount of lines: 119
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word and 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 race is repeated).

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

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