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

One Sabbath day my friend and I
After the meeting, quietly... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abccddeeddffeeffgggghhiieejjkkllllhhab mmddnniieeooabeellXlggddnnddddffoocccckkppeecc eeabkkcceeccaakk ddXlcckkffffddllddddll ckllXloXqqllqqddkkXrrhXkkccabeellgg kkiiccllccsskkkkccppttcXeenX llXhabeeddXnff XaccXdddaalldd XoffabddllXh lXcceedddXllkkcXooll
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 38,46,16,22,35,28,14,14,12,20,12,37,34,16,6,7,8,16,14,10,30,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011111 10010100 10010101 10111101 110100101 10110001 11011101 10110001 01010111 11110101 11110101 11010111 01000101 01110101 011000101 1101100001 11110101 01011111 01011101 00110101 1001100101 10110001 11010101 1010001 01000111 10110111 10111101 010010101 10110101 01011101 11011101 110101001 10110111 11011111 10010001 11110111 01110001 01000100 11011111 11010101 11101111 01101111 11110101 11010101 10010101 11010101 10011001 01100101 11110101 01111101 11011101 01010100 110000111 10011101 010010111 11110101 01010100 11010111 01000101 11010101 01100011 01010110 11010001 01010101 11011101 11010101 01111101 11111101 01000101 110100111 01110001 100110111 01010101 11010011 01011100 11011110 11000101 10010001 11111111 01001001 11010111 01111111 10010100 11011111 11110101 10110101 10110111 01000100 11010101 11011111 11011100 01011100 01010101 11000001 010011001 1101001110 01000101 01110001 11010101 01010100 11010111 11010101 11010110 11001101 01010101 01010000 01000101 01010100 11011111 00010100 01011101 011101001 11010001 11110011 01110101 00011101 11110011 000100101 11001101 01010111 01011100 01010101 10010101 01001101 11011101 11111101 11011110 110100101 10110111 01010100 10011101 11010100 11010001 01010011 01011101 01010111 10010101 001000101 10010101 01010101 01001100 10110001 00110111 10110001 00110100 110100101 11011101 11010100 00010100 011100001 11100100 01111101 110100101 01110101 010100001 11010101 11110111 110101001 01001101 101100111 10110100 01110011 01010101 11001101 001010001 11111101 010101001 10010101 11010101 010011111 01000101 11010101 01000111 01110101 01010100 11011101 00110001 110100101 01110001 11011101 110101100 11010111 01010111 11010101 011100010 11101111 01000101 11010101 01001101 101100101 01110100 11011101 11000101 11110101 11010101 111111010 01010101 11010111 11011101 0011110010 1100011101 1001000101 10010010001 1111001000 0101110011 1101011111 1011010101 1011110100 1001010101 0011011101 1101011101 101010101001 1101010111 1111100110 1101110101 1111010101 1101011001 01010101001 1101010100 0101000101 1101011101 10101010011 1101010111 0100011101 1101110101 0111010101 0101010100 1001010111 1111010101 0101100101 10101110111 0111010101 1101010001 00110011101 1011011100 0101010101 1101110101 1001110111 1011110101 11010011001 0101010100 1111010111 0101001101 1011010011 1001000101 1001110101 1101010001 1001010111 11110010111 0110010011 1011011101 1101010101 1101011001 1011001111 1111110001 10101010101 01010101010 11001011011 11000101001 0101000101 11010101000 110100101 1100111111 0110010101 0111110111 0101111101 0011011101 1011010101 1001010101 1101010101 1111010001 1001010101 1101111111 1111100101 1001011101 1101110101 1101001110 1000110011 0101110101 1101011101 1100010011 1101011101 11110101101 11100111010 10010101110 1011110111 0011110011 1011011111 0111000101 1101011101 011011111 11100010001 0100010111 1101001101 11110101101 0101010101 1101000101 0111110001 1101010011 1001010101 10100001001 0101110101 1100010011 1101101101 1011110111 0111010001 0111000111 0101010001 0011011101 0011110001 11110101111 11010001111 1011110001 10000011011 1111111101 1101100111 1001110101 0101011111 10001110101 1101010111 1111101000 0101100101 1001010001 1001000100 1011110101 0011000101 1111110101 10001 011101 0101011101 1111101101 1001011011 1011010111 1011011001 1001110101 1101011101 0011110011 1111111101 1111111101 1111010101 1111111111 1101111101 1111111101 1111111001 1101010111 1100010101 1111110101 11111110010 01010100101 11101 10001 0101110101 01010011101 0111110101 1101010001 1001010111 0111010111 1011110101 0101110100 1111010101 11000101010 1110010101 1011000101 1101111101 1110011101 1100110111 0011010101 1000100111 1011011101 0111011101 1101010101 0111010011 1101010111 1001110101 0101000101 11110100101 1111010101 1111111101 1111001101 1111111101 10011111010 1101000101 0101010001 1001110111 0001011111 1001111111 1101110111 1111111101 0001010111 0111110001 0100010101 1101111101 1001111111 0101011111 1101011011 11010101001 0101110101 1111010111 0101010101 110010100111 0001011100 01010100110 0101010101 10110101010 11010111110 01111101 01110101 11110111 11011101 110100101 110100101 01110100 110101001 11000101 110100101 01010101 11010111 11111100 01011101 10110101 10010101 11010101 01110101 11111101 01010111 01010101 01110101 01011101 011101000 110010101 01011101 11000101 110010101 01011111 10110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 757
  • Average number of words per stanza: 140
  • Amount of lines: 436
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; and, to, of, not, in, his, he are repeated.

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