This is an analysis of the poem Trilogy Of Passion 02 Elegy that begins with:

When man had ceased to utter his lament,
A god then let me tell my tale of sorrow....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X bcbccc a da dee f bf baa X ga gXh a ba bhh X ei ejj i hi hii h jh jaa c ac abb k jk jff j ej ehk c ac aee e le laX a ma maa c ec ecc c lc laa e be bkX e le lbb a fa fll i ki hff b jb jmm b nb njj a aaXaee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,6,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111010001 01111111010 1101110011 001110001 1101111011 1101010101 1101010001 1110010111 1110010111 1100011101 1011111111 11010001101 1101111101 0101011101 1101010101 0111010101 0101011101 1101010111 01001010111 1110010100 011011101100 0101101001 1101110111 1101010101 001010111010 1001110101 1101010101 1101010111 1001011101 1001010101 1001010101 1101000101 0101110101 1101011101 1101011101 00101010101 11010101011 1101110001 11010101110 0101010111 0100000110101 0101010001 1111010001 0100010001 1101011101 0111010100 1011110101 11010010101 1111010101 0101110101 1101110101 1111110101 1011011001 1111011101 1101011111 0110010111 01111101010 0110000101 10100001010 1001110101 1011001101 1101010101 01001011101 11010010011 1101110101 1111010101 01110010101 11000111010 1110110101 1111010001 0101011101 0011001101 1101111111 0110000111 1001011111 10111101011 1101110101 1001000101 1101111101 0101000111 0011010101 100100100110 0101010001 01010110010 1101001101 1101010101 0101110111 0101110111 0011010101 1111010101 1100111011 1101110101 011111101011 1101110101 1100010101 0101000101 1001010111 01110100111 10111110101 0100011101 1001110111 01010111001 11101111110 110111010100 1101101111 0101000101 1111011111 10100010101 1101111111 1111110101 1111111101 0010111101 11001010100 1101111101 101001111 1101010101 1111010101 11110111010 0111010101 11110101010 10011010101 1101010100 10010100101 0101010001 0101110101 1001110101 11010101010 01110101010 1111110101 1101110111 1101010101 010010010101 0101010101 1100010100 0101101111 1010010111 1101100011 1101010111 1110110101 0101111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 70
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 87
  • Average number of words per stanza: 16
  • Amount of lines: 142
  • 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, no, it, in, last, her, and, before, be, so, i, fails, now, to are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words and, before, leave at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase connects the lines.

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