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

Read before the members of this degree at Hamilton, Illinois, on St. John's Day, June 24, 1875.
Most worthy Patron, Matron, friends,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabbaa ccdebbffffgg bbaaXf gghhiiffbb gXjX de ccjjdXggbb dXbbXXffcc kk XggXllmm ddffddbXbiiccbb deggbb Xgffggggnnoo ggdd XXddbbaa bbooggkk aajjffbbffnn jjffffdeddaaggaajjffooXhhooffhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,12,6,10,4,2,10,10,2,8,15,6,12,4,8,8,12,31,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101010000111001011111111 11010101 011101011 01110111 10101101 01011101 01001100 110100101 11010111 01011110 10010100 10011101 110010111 10010101 11010111 100101110 101100010 11011101 11110101 10010101 01010011 10010100 01010101 110111010 01000101 11010101 11000101 11000101 01010101 01010101 10011101 11010001 11110101 01010101 100101001 11010111 1111111011 101101011 10010101 11010101 01010100 11001101 10110101 110011101 11011111 11110101 1111101 0101101 01010101 01010101 01110101 110111111 011101011 01010101 01010101 11010101 1111101111 01000101 010010101 11001111 10110111 01110111 100110111 1110111111 10010101 1101111 1111001111 110111010 010010010 01110101 01010101 11110101 11010101 11110101 11011101 01111101 010101001 11010111 01010 101 10100101 11001110101 01010111 01000101 010100111 111100101 11010101 01010100 01010101 10010101 10010001 11010101 1010101111 11100101 01010101 11111101 01011101 01000101 11001101 010100111 11011001 010011101 11011111 01010101 00110001 01010101 10010101 01110101 10010101 01110101 11001101 010101011 01010101 110010101 10110101 11000101 11110101 01000101 11110111 01001101 11010111 10010101 111101001 110101001 110101001 10010101 01010101 01010101 10110111 10010101 010101001 11110101 01010101 11100101 11010101 10010101 01110101 111101001 111101101 01010101 11010101 100111101 10011110 11110100 11000101 11010111 11110101 110100101 11100101 010010111 1111111 11011101 1001101001 11111101 10110101 11010001 11000101 11010101 10100101 11000101 10101101 01000101 110100101 011001001 01010101 01010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 289
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 167
  • 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; ', thy, i, her, and, as are repeated.

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

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

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