This is an analysis of the poem The Old Psalm Tune that begins with:

You asked, dear friend, the other day,
Why still my charmed ear... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb dcec fghg idhd Xjdj khhh lbjb fkdk egfg akck jgjg gigi Xdld gajaXdjdj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 11111 100010001 111101 11110101 010101 11010101 011101 11010100 010101 11010101 110101 11011101 110011 11000101 110001 111101010 111101 01010101 010101 11111101 111111 010100101 110101 11011101 110111 11000111 111101 11110101 100111 11110101 111111 11110101 111101 11011101 110101 11010111 11101 11110001 110101 11111001 011101 110110101 1101101 11010101 111111 01110001 110101 11011111 010101 11111101 110101 10111101 11001001 01011111 011110 11110101 111101 1101101 011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 126
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, sing are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Old Psalm Tune;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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