This is an analysis of the poem What Being In Rank-Old Nature that begins with:

What being in rank-old nature should earlier have that breath been
That hére pérsonal tells off these heart-song powerful peals?— ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXXaa X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100111011001110 1110111111001 011101100 0011011000111 01001100100110101 101101000101 101010100101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 431
  • Average number of words per stanza: 75
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of What Being In Rank-Old Nature;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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