This is an analysis of the poem Freedoms that begins with:

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Those were our freedoms, and we come to this:... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abbaabba cddcXd X eddeeXde fgfgfg X hiihhXih jjaddi X kbbXgbbk lkkXkl X addaiXda dmnndm X oggooggo lbblbl X ibbiibbi jggaja X heehheehXflflfl
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,6,1,8,6,1,8,6,1,8,6,1,8,6,1,8,6,1,8,6,1,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1 1011011100 0101110101 0111110101 1101010100 1101110111 0101110101 11111000101 11111010101 01001100101 1111011111 11111010001 1101010111 1111010101 1011100011 1 1011011101 01000100101 0101010001 1001010001 1111011111 0100110100 1101011100 1111110101 0100011101 01001100111 1101010101 0101010111 0101100101 1101011111 1 0011110001 1111010101 1001110111 0011111111 1011010101 1101011100 1101110001 0100111101 0011111111 1100111101 1111011110 1001010101 1110101001 0101010100 1 11111101010 0101011111 01001011110 1110011111 1001010101 0111110100 11010100100 11110100010 101101111111 10111101010 10111111010 1001011000 01110101010 1111111111 1 1101010101 1111010101 11010011111 1111011110 11011100100 1111011100 1011111101 0011000011 1111010111 1101010101 1111110101 11010111001 0101110111 1111011011 1 1101101111 1000010001 0111010101 0101111011 0111001101 01010001001 0011110111 1111110111 0001110110 1100111001 10110010101 0101100101 0111010101 1011110101 1 0101010101 0111010111 0111010101 0101001100 0100100011 01010001001 0111010111 0111111101 1111111101 01001010101 0101110101 0111010011 0111010011 0101010111 1 1111011101 0100110011 0101011101 1111011101 0101010111 011101101011 1101010101 0111011101 1111111111 1011011001 0101111101 1101011101 1101010100 1111010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 24
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 206
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 127
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, hope, o, and, in, for, such, things, you, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word in at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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