This is an analysis of the poem A Hymn that begins with:

O FLY, my Soul! What hangs upon
   Thy drooping wings, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb deede
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111101 1101 1101 01010101 010110111 1111 1101 11110011 10110111 100101 11010101 11011111 11011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 159
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 13
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of A Hymn;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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