This is an analysis of the poem The Beautiful City that begins with:

The Beautiful City! Forever
Its rapturous praises resound;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababacac deXefbfb egegdede egegeeXe fhfhabab hghgidid
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010010010 01001011 111010110 01001001 110111010 11011001 0010010110 11101001 1100101101 11001001 010110100 11011011 1010010110 101001101 1010010010 001001001 110011010 00101001 010110010 11001001 1010010011 11001001 1110010011 1111001 110110110 11001011 111111010 01100001 010011110 01001011 110110100 01001101 1101101010 01011001 1010110110 101101001 1010110110 11001101 1111011010 11001101 010010110 11001011 111011010 11001001 111011010 01111001 011010010 11001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 284
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words no, the, and are repeated.

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  • summary of The Beautiful City;
  • idea of the verse;
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