This is an analysis of the poem Hymn Xxiii: Extended On A Cursed Tree that begins with:

Extended on a cursed tree,
Besmeared with dust, and sweat, and blood,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb bcbc cbcb dada efef XaXa bbbb ghgh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0101011 100011111 11010101 110100101 11110011 11110101 11110111 11101101 11011101 11110111 11111101 10011101 01011001 11111111 01111111 01110111 000100101 11010111 11000101 01010101 1011101 11010111 11111111 10011101 11011101 11110111 11111111 101111100 01010101 11110111 11010101 11110111 11111111 100111111 11011111 11001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; and, who, hath, thy, i, have, me, to, all are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words who, no, to, too are repeated.

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