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

NOW veiled in the inviolable past
Love lies asleep, who never more will wake; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abba cddc effe gaag ghhh ihhi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100010001 1101110101 1111110111 1111111111 1011101111 1101110111 1111010101 1111010111 0101111101 0101010101 11001111111 10011100101 1111000101 0101010111 1001010100 1000100101 1111111101 0101111100 0111011101 1101011111 1011110011 1111010111 11011111010 1001110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 173
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; we, of, gave are repeated.

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

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

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