This is an analysis of the poem Inscriptions For A Friend's House that begins with:

The cornerstone in Truth is laid,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabbcc X aaaa X ddeeff c Xbeb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,1,4,1,6,1,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01 01010101 010010101 01010101 010010101 11011111 01011101 010 010101011111 011101010101 010101010001 010101010101001 010 1011101 10100101 1111101 1010101 11101101 1111111 0110 11101 11011 1111111 111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 94
  • Average number of words per stanza: 18
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; enough, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

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

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  • summary of Inscriptions For A Friend's House;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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