This is an analysis of the poem The Washers Of The Shroud that begins with:

Along a riverside, I know not where,
I walked one night in mystery of dream; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababa cccXc adadX efefX fgfgf Xhihi jkjkX efefX aXahX kfkkX liliX hfhfX ebXbX cmcmX nfnfX lflfX kbkbX babaX kkkkX ikiXX ococXXififi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101011111 1111010001 0111010111 01110110101 0011111101 110110010111 11010010001 0111011101 11010100010 1101110101 1111011111 0100011111 1001100101 1101110001 0101011101 1101100101 1001100101 1101100101 1101111101 1111101111 11010011111 11110101010 0101010101 10111111110 1011101101 1111011111 1111011101 0101010111 11001000111 101100111101 1001010101 1101110101 1101000101 1001010001 11010010101 1111011111 11001011101 01110001001 0011110111 11001010111 11110111111 11011111100 1101011101 10010101001 1111110001 1111011001 1111011111 0111011101 01010100101 11010101010 1111001101 1111010101 1110110111 0011001101 11010010111 1111010100 1111110101 010010011111 1101010011 11011011111 10111101011 0101010111 0111010100 010010000101 1001011101 1111010101 01101010011 1101010111 1101100111 1111010101 1101110101 110101100101 1111000101 11001110101 11001011101 1111010111 1001110101 1101111111 1101110100 11011100101 1110010010 1101010101 0101110100 11010110101 1011110010 1111111111 11010100111 1001011101 0111010101 1101110111 1101011111 11100101010 11001110101 1111110101 1111010001 1101111111 1101000101 1111110101 01011101100 1011110101 1111111101 1111110101 1111010101 0111010101 10110100111 11101111001 1001111001 0101110101 0101110111 11010111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 232
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 110
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (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; to, their, for, of, and are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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