This is an analysis of the poem The Preacher's Wife that begins with:

God bless his wife, the preacher's wife,
Wherever she may be; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb dcec cfeX bgfg ccgc eafa chXh dici eccc jbab XfjbXbeee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 010110 01010101 010101 10010101 010111 11110011 0101001 0101010 1110101 11001101 010001 01010101 110111 11011101 110111 11010101 010111 11110111 010001 11011001 000101 01010101 010101 10000101 100111 110010010 110101 11010101 0100101 10100101 010101 10010101 010101 11001101 010101 11011101 011100 01010101 010111 11010101 110111 111100101 111101 11011101 111111 01111101 010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 123
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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