This is an analysis of the poem Fifth Sunday In Lent that begins with:

The historic Muse, from age to age,
Through many a waste heart-sickening page... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccb ddceec bbfggf hhigXi bbjffj ggjeej kkjffj llllll kkmggm XjXddX bbmiim bbiggi cXdggX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 001010101 1100111001 110101 10010101 10110101 010101 11010101 11010101 110111 110011101 10110111 111111 01010101 01011011 010101 01010101 01010101 111101 111111001 11110101 11111 010100101 11010101 110001 10111101 11000111 110111 11011101 110100101 110101 10111101 11010101 0010101 11111101 100011101 111101 1110001 10110101 011101 11111101 01011101 110111 11010101 01010111 111110 01010101 11001101 110011 100101101 11010101 110001 110011101 110100111 111101 110101010 100010111 110100 110011111 01011101 111111 10110111 1101111 0100101 11100011 1001110 111101 11010111 1000101001 110101 11111101 01010101 011101 11011101 11010100 110101 101110111 01110111 0101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 202
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 78
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 words the, he are repeated.

    The author used the same word he at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Fifth Sunday In Lent;
  • central theme;
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