This is an analysis of the poem Sleep Of A University that begins with:

WATCHING through the long, dim hours
Like statued Mithras, stand ironic towers; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc XXaaddee ffaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,8,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10101110 11010101010 11010111 1101110011 11010011 10110010111 0101010101 100101000111 1001010101 101100100101 11010101 1110010101 01110101 10011100101 01111101 01010001001 110101010 110101001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 258
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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