This is an analysis of the poem Sunday Next Before Advent that begins with:

Will God indeed with fragments bear,
Snatched late from the decaying year?... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaabcccb dddccccc eeeafffa Xffgaggg hhhaiiia jjjklllk ggghiiih mmmcfffc kkkeccceXmmmimmmi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01010101 11000101 11010101 01000101 1111000101 11111101 01001111 010001010101 11011101 11011101 01010101 110101101 11010101 011100111 111101011 110101110101 111010101 01011001 110100111 110100101 11111101 11010111 01001101 1001101111101 11011100 11011111 01011101 110101010 110010101 100010101 11110111 1101111111010 11111101 11110101 11011101 110100101 010010101 01011101 110111001 001001111101 11010101 11010101 01010101 110100101 101101010 011101010 110101010 110111110101 11111101 11110111 011100101 11110011 11110101 11011111 11110111 1101001110101 00110101 11111101 110101001 1101001011 101111001 10010111 01111101 11101001110101 11111111 111110101 11011111 011101001 10111101 11110001 01110111 111101010111 11111111 11010101 11110101 11111101 01010111 01011111 01011101 110110010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 322
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; our, and are repeated.

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

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