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

Hers is a spirit deep, and crystal-clear;
Calmly beneath her earnest face it lies,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbccb cddefeeXdde feaadggghhgijji iiiiicXcXfbfbfkbkjjcc XlXlhhdlldkhhkcc fmdmnncmcoollppggXgddgddll
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,11,15,21,16,26,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0001011101 1001010101 1011010101 1001110100 1100011101 1111000100 1001100111 1100010011 1101101101 1001011101 0100011101 11010101010 11010010100 01010011110 010011001010 11110001111 0111011101 0101001111 1001011100 1100101100 1101011100 1100011101 1101110001 1001111110 0111110001 1100110111 1001000101 1011110101 10010001010 1101011111 11010011001 01000101010 10110101010 1111011101 0100010111 0111010111 0100111101 0101111101 01010010101 0101000101 11010001011 0011110101 0011100101 11011111110 111101001 00110111110 0101010100 01110111010 0011000101 0100010101 1101010111 1011110101 1101010100 111110111 1101011101 010100001100 1111010001 010111110100 0101011101 0101111101 1001011101 11011101001 1111001101 1101010101 1001110101 1001010101 0111110101 01110101 1100010101 1001011111 1011001101 1111011100 0111010101 1011111100 1011110101 1001010111 0111110101 1011110101 0111010101 1100110011 1111010001 1111010001 1101110101 0101010101 1011011111 1101110101 1111110101 1111110001 1011110111 1101010101 1001110101 1011011110 0111011101 1110011101 0101010101 1101010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 594
  • Average number of words per stanza: 107
  • Amount of lines: 96
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; she, her, of, holy, no, to, and, hath, too are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Irene;
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