This is an analysis of the poem They Say — Priests Say that begins with:

They say — priests say —
That God loves the world. ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXXXbabaaabXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic trimeter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111 11101 1011 101010 101001 10111 110101 101 1001 11111 110010 1101 1111 11101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 313
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 21 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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