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

The tree of Faith its bare, dry boughs must shed
That nearer heaven the living ones may climb;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbXaXaacddcaa eaaefddfddddaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101011111 11010010111 0111101101 0101011101 1101000111 0101010100 1101110101 10001010001 101110100101 01111100101 1111010101 11010011111 1111110111 11010100101 1111110101 1111110101 01011100101 1101010100 1101011111 0101010111 11010100001 10011110001 1111010101 1111010101 11110010101 11001011101 0101010101 1011010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 635
  • Average number of words per stanza: 115
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; and is repeated.

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

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

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