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

THREE months had passed since she had knelt before
The grate of the confessional, and he, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abacdeeX fdfedffd fffXghXg hhhhijjX fefe jkkj Xhdhhllh hfhfhjjh mfmfhnnh ajajdjjd cdcd dbbd fefeaXja memelhhl ememhaaX fafadood ijXj hjjX pmpmbqqX XmjmjddX mhmhfnnX agaXhXfh bbbX qjjq jejebaab alalqhhq hbhbhllh fjfjjedj jXjc f
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,4,4,8,8,8,8,4,4,8,8,8,8,4,4,8,8,8,8,4,4,8,8,8,8,4,4,8,8,8,8,4,4,8,8,8,8,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111111101 0100010011 0111011111 0101010100 1101010101 0101010011 0101010101 1101001000 1101010001 0011110011 01110111001 0101010011 0101011101 0101011111 0101010011 1100010001 1111110111 1111011101 1111011001 0101010100 1101010100 1111110001 1110011101 1101010000 1011011101 1111111101 1111111101 1101011101 1101010111 1101110101 1101111111 0101111110 1101011111 0101010001 1111000101 0001010101 1011110111 0111010111 1111001101 1101010101 1101111010 1111110001 1101110001 1011010101 11010101111 1001010101 0101010111 0001110111 1111111101 1101100111 1001011101 1101010111 1001011101 1101011111 1011110101 0001100101 1101100101 0101010101 1111011001 1101011111 11011101001 1100110111 1111011101 111100101 1111110001 01100100101 0111111101 1101010111 1111111111 11001010101 1100010101 110110101 11101000100 10111111001 1111010100 1101010100 1101011101 1111010101 1100110001 1001110101 1101110101 0101110101 1011010101 11010010101 1110111111 1111111111 1111011101 0101110101 1101111111 1011011111 11111100101 1011110101 1011011101 1100010011 0101000101 0101111111 1001111111 1101010101 1111010100 11001111111 1111110101 1111111111 0101011111 1011111101 1111011111 1111110101 1111010101 1101010101 0101011110 1111111111 1101011101 0101011001 1010110001 0101010111 111111110110 1101110101 1001010111 1101001101 1111111101 1111010101 1011010101 1101110101 1101100101 1101011111 0101011111 1111110101 1111011111 11111110001 11010111010 1101010101 11111111010 0111011101 1101111011 1111010111 1101110111 1100101101 1101101101 1101010100 1101000101 0111010101 1101010111 1111010011 1101110100 11110101000 1101010111 1001110110 01001010101 0100010101 1101110111 11001100111 1001110101 1011110011 1101101111 1101010111 1101111101 1101111001 1011010101 1101000101 1001111111 010100110010 1101111111 0111000101 111000111 110111101 1001110101 1111110001 1001110001 1101110101 1111010101 1101011111 1101110101 0101001111 1001010101 01010100001 10100101001 0111110101 0111010001 1111000111 11010100101 1101010111 1101011101 111010101 11110101001 1101010101 1101111101 1011010101 1111011101 1101010100 1111100101 1011101111 1111010101 1111011111 1111011111 1110111001 1101011101 0011011100 0110011101 0101100101 0101001100 0111111111 0111110101 1111010101 0101010100 1111011101 0101010101 1110010101 0111001001 11010111001 1101010101 11110000101 0111010111 0111100101 01100100101 1101110101 0101011101 1011111101 1101011101 0101111101 1001111101 11101111111 1101010111 0101010111 1111011000 1111010101 1111011101 0111010111 0101010001 0111011111 01001110100 0111010111 1101010111 1101011111 1111011101 0101111111 11111111000 1111011111 0101010101 1111000101 1011110101 0101101101 1100111111 0101110101 1001110101 1011011111 1111010101 1011011111 0111111111 0111110101 1101011111 1011010001 11010111101 1101100111 1011001101 1101010101 11000110101 1101110101 1100011101 100111101 0101010001 1111010101 0101110101 1101111101 1001000101 1101010101 1111011011 1101110101 0111110101 1101111101 1111110101 1111010101 1111001001 1111001101 1100011111 1111111101 1111011111 1101111111 1101111111 1111110101 1111001111 1111010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 42
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 295
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 321
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; had, her, and, so, it, thou, i, my, all, his, night, with, no, love, to, from, yet, he, knew, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, her, and, my, i, an, did, knew 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 poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases had, fear, knew connect the lines.

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  • summary of Absolution;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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