This is an analysis of the poem Fourth Sunday After Trinity that begins with:

It was not then a poet's dream,
An idle vaunt of song,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef edeX ghgi jkXk dXdg lmlm emem didi jnjn djdj koeo eaea jhjh gaga hphp fgfg jdXd jgjX fcfc dkdkXegeg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01110101 110101 11010111 110101 111101011 011101 11010111 010101 11111111 011111 11010101 100111 001101001 0011001 010011101 10111110 11110101 101010 10010100 011101 11011111 010101 11110110 110101 11010101 1000001010 01001111 110111 10011101 1101001 10011111 010101 111010111 010101 11110101 1101011 11111101 110101 11011101 111111 11110101 110111 111100111 1001101 11011101 1111001 100101001 010101 11010101 1100101 101000011 110111 11110001 101101 11011101 010101 110100111 1101110 00110111 1001010 01011010010 010101 010101010 010111 110101010 010101 100101010 010111 010101101 01010010 101111101 1111010 11110111 010110 11111110 111101 101111101 1110101 01101011 0111010 11011101 0111011 01110110 110101 01111111 010101 11010101 010111 11111011 111101 01011101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 23
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 133
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 92
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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; in, all, and, thy are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words in, all, beyond, the, hence are repeated.

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

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

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