This is an analysis of the poem Gideon's Fleece that begins with:

The signs which God to Gideon gave,
His holy Sovereignty made known;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cccc dcdc cece caca fefe cgcg haha
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 011101001 01010011 11011101 11010101 01110111 11011101 10010001 11010101 010101001 01011101 01011101 11110001 11011101 01010101 11010101 01011101 01111001 01010101 11100101 11110101 11010101 01011101 010101001 01110011 11110111 11010111 01110111 11110111 11011111 010011101 11110111 11111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; his, all are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words of, but are repeated.

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

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