This is an analysis of the poem Rabbi Ismael that begins with:

THE Rabbi Ishmael, with the woe and sin
Of the world heavy upon him, entering in... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbbXcXXcdedeXbbffffcccbdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 27,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0111000111 001100111000 01001011101 01001010101 1101100101 11011100110 1101110101 0101100100 1101010111 1101110101 1001000111 1101011101 1101110111 1101011111 11110111010 10011011001 000100010101 0111010011 1001010001 1101001101 01001110101 10011000111 1101100101 1101011100 1111010101 0101010101 010001100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1133
  • Average number of words per stanza: 211
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

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