This is an analysis of the poem A Glance Behind The Curtain that begins with:

We see but half the causes of our deeds,
Seeking them wholly in the outer life,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdaefaghcdijkckcialm neoeanceechciidhcchagclehp hcaXeakdjXcieackecjdhcbdcajedcdjan akakdecclapgcdknkXclXcpe aekoccilcddidenqjnaenanlcemkaehdXnclkpdpkkdenoehcdjjeecgcraekaaijlgdcg malndkerngkjldnchaeknjdhqggiiceoecaaahnqcccedcdiXegdefeceddreeeeXfsaacfacX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 22,26,34,24,70,86,36,36,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111010011 1001000101 110000100101 1101011101 1101111100 0110110001 11110100101 0101010011 1101011101 1101010101 11001110111 1001010101 1101000101 1001100101 1111001101 1100010111 1101010001 0101010111 1001010101 0101000100 1101110111 01010 11111 1111010011 1001110101 1001001111 1111011101 0111011100 1100010101 1100101101 0110010101 0111010101 0101000111 1111000101 1111110101 1101010110 0101010101 11000010111 1100101101 1101011001 0001010101 0101010101 0100111011 1111111101 1101010101 1100110010 1101001101 0111000101 01011111001 1001010111 1101010001 11001010100 1110110011 1101110011 1111010111 1101111111 1110010101 1101110101 1111011101 01010101100 1101011111 0011010111 0101111001 1111010101 0011000101 111110000111 1111010101 0101110101 1101110001 1101100101 0101110001 1111010101 0101111101 1111001110 1011011111 11001010101 0101011101 00101000111 1101111101 01010100101 1101010101 1111110001 11011101101 11011101011 1101111101 11001010001 1101011111 1111011111 1111010101 0101010101 1111111101 0100010011 0111010101 1001110101 1111011101 01110100100 0101011011 11111101101 1111110101 1111111001 1111110101 0111110011 1001011111 1101010101 110111001001 1001000101 1001011101 0101110101 1100010101 1100111101 1111110101 1101110111 11001010011 1001000101 0101111111 0100010111 1101010100 0101111101 1101000100 0011011011 0110111101 110010101001 1101010101 1111111101 110111101 1101010101 1101010110 0011010011 1111010101 1111110101 1111010001 1101000101 1111010100 0111110101 0111010111 1110110111 1011010101 0111011101 0001110101 1111011101 1101111101 1111011111 1001011100 1111111111 0100110111 10101010101 1111110101 1111001101 1101010011 1101111101 1111010101 1011011101 1111011101 1101010101 01001110111 1101111110 0101010001 1111011101 101010001 01010001101 0101000101 1100010101 1101111101 1101010100 0011010011 1101001111 11110001110 1111000101 1101011011 1011010100 10100010011 1110000111 1101110111 0111110001 11110000101 1101000111 1111011100 0101011101 1001111011 1011010101 1101010100 1111010111 0100011111 11111101110 010111011 0101110101 1101010001 1001001101 11010101001 1101010111 0111110101 111111101 1101110111 0101010111 0110110101 1101011101 0011110111 1101010101 11010100111 1101101101 1001010111 1101000111 0110110111 1101101110 111010101 0101110001 0111010111 0101011101 1111010111 1111010101 1101111101 1011001111 111100011 0101010001 11111101001 1111010111 1011010011 0111011101 1001010111 0101100101 0101010101 1101010101 1001011101 1101010111 0011000100 1101010001 1101111101 1001010101 1111000101 1101110111 1101111101 0111010011 1111110101 0111010111 1001010100 01010100010 0100110001 0100010101 1111010101 1101011101 1100110010 0100100101 1011001101 0101111100 0010011101 1101010101 1101011011 1101010101 1101110101 01010101110 1111000101 1111010101 01001010001 1111101101 1111010111 0101110001 0101011101 1111010101 1101011101 1111110111 1101011101 0101110101 1011110001 101101100 0111010101 1111100101 0101110101 11001000101 1101100101 1011000111 1111010101 1011101101 11010110101 10110010011 1111111101 1101010101 1001010101 1101110100 01010010011 0101010101 01010000101 11001101110 1011010101 10010101010 00111101001 1101010101 0101011101 11111100101 0111010111 0101011001 1101110111 10001001100 0101111101 0101100101 1110101101 1101111111 1111101100 01010001001 1111101101 1111111101 1111010101 0101010111 1111110111 1111110100 1111110100 0111100111 0101010101 1111001101 1101100101 1011010111 0111011101 0011010101 0101011111 0011000101 0100110101 0101011101 0111100101 1111010101 1011010101 0101110001 0111010101 1001110101 0011010101 1001011101 1100010001 1101110011 0111010101 1101010101 1101010101 0101011101 0111001111 0111010101 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1598
  • Average number of words per stanza: 298
  • Amount of lines: 333
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, we, to, but, and, as, he, new, by, work, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words more, the, and, that are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines work is repeated).

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