This is an analysis of the poem Burial Of Sarah that begins with:

He stood before the sons of Heth,
And bowed his sorrowing head; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb bdeX acbc fbbX bfbf efbX XefX XbcX dbbbXebeb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11010101 1101001 101001110101 111111 101010011 111101 11011111 1101010 11000101 110101 111010111 110101 11000111 111101 01011111 1111110 010111101 1110111 11010101 111001 100111101 101111 11111011 01000100 01010101 1001101 01110111 1101010 1001101010 011111 101111101 1111110 10010001 011111 11010101 110101 110101001 010111 01110101 011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 134
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; we, and, i are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words the, and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Burial Of Sarah;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
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