This is an analysis of the poem Hymn Viii: What Could Your Redeemer Do that begins with:

What could your Redeemer do
More than he hath done for you?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdD eeccffdD gghhdddDXcccchhdD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111001 1111111 0011101 1111101 1010101 1010001 1011101 1010101 1111101 1011111 1111111 1110101 0110001 1110101 1111011 1010101 1011101 1111101 11011101 1111101 1101100 1101101 1110101 1010101 1110101 0010101 0110101 0110101 10100101 1010101 1000111 1010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 247
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; turn, he, to, his, you are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words why, he, would, will are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word die at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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  • summary of Hymn Viii: What Could Your Redeemer Do;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
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