This is an analysis of the poem Nuns Of The Perpetual Adoration that begins with:

Calm, sad, secure; behind high convent walls,
These watch the sacred lamp, these watch and pray:... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd aeXe efef gege hdhd ebedXgege
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101011101 1101011111 1001001101 1100010101 1111111111 0001010100 1011110111 1011001100 0101010100 1111010101 0011111100 1100100101 1101011100 1101010101 1011010001 1111001101 1101000101 1101000101 1101000111 10110101001 11110101010 11111101010 11111111010 01110001100 1111110111 0001010100 1011011001 0101000100 1101010111 1011010001 1111010101 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 176
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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, they, of, their are repeated.

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

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