This is an analysis of the poem The Night Of Death that begins with:

Twas a night of dreadful horror, --
Death was sweeping through the land; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb adbd ddad aece aXaX afgf hXaX iXbb dbab ieXe hbdb XgXg hefX idcd gedeXcege
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101010 1110101 10101010 0010101 11111010 1010101 11111010 1000101 10101011 1010101 10101010 0010101 10101010 1110001 10111010 1110111 11110010 100111010 10100101010 1110101 10100110 1011001 10101010 1111101 11001010 1001010100 1000101010 1011010100 11101110 11011010 1001010110 1010111 10101110 1011011 10101010 1010101 101010110 1110101 10111110 10101001 10111010 1011101 11101011 1011101 10111010 1011101 10100010 1010101 1011110110 1010101 101111111 10111010 11101010 1010101 101100100 1010101 11111110 0010101 11101011 1010101 10101010 1111111 01101011 1010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 143
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; in, her, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word no is repeated.

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