This is an analysis of the poem The Father that begins with:

ALPHA and Omega, God alone:
Eloi, My God, the Holy-One; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXXcXddXXeeddcc ccXXcX ffgg eeXXXgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,6,4,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101010101 10110101 11000100 110001010 11011001 11100100 10111101 10111101 011111010 011111010 011101110 011111100 01111001 01110101 011111010 011111010 10110101 10110101 10110101 10010101 01111110 11010111010 11011101 11110100 01010101 01111101 110101010 0101100110 11010101 0101101 1011010011 010101001 111111010 110110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; all, things, day, to are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word thou 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 aye connects the lines.

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  • summary of The Father;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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